Bernardo Silva is taking very little notice of what critics have said about Manchester City’s struggles and is confident they will bounce back.
City already find themselves trailing rivals Liverpool by five points in the Premier League after just five matches. It’s unsurprisingly led critics to take aim to towards Silva and his team-mates for a below-par start to the season.
The harrowing 3-2 defeat to Norwich City last weekend, especially, stands out in many people’s minds. It was a complete shocker as Pep Guardiola’s normally solid defence crumbled in an error-ridden display.
Although the Citizens reacted well on Wednesday by defeating Shakhtar Donetsk 3-0 in their Champions League opener.
“People can criticise and say what they want,” said Silva.
“We don’t need to prove anything to anyone, after what we’ve done the last two seasons. We’re relaxed.
“Of course we’re not happy, because we want to do better and we know losing against Norwich isn’t ideal, but all teams have good and bad moments.
“It’s impossible to stay three seasons, only with good moments.
“Sometimes you will have bad moments and it’s the way you react to those bad moments that shows and proved how good a team you are and that’s what we’ll try to do.
“Every time we’ve had bad moments in the past, we’ve always reacted well, and that’s what we’ll try to do again.”
With John Stones and Aymeric Laporte out injured, however, Guardiola has a bit of a defensive crisis on his hands.
The City boss is now short of options in centre-backs. So, he resorted to playing Fernandinho alongside Nicolas Otamendi in Kharkiv.
“We saw last season that Fernandinho’s able to play in that position,” added Silva.
“He’s very intelligent and when you understand the game and you’re intelligent like he is, it’s easy.
“Obviously it’s not the ideal situation, because we don’t have a lot of centre-backs right now, but it’s what we have and we have no complaints.”
City will next welcome Watford to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday for a Premier League match.