Silva: It will be complicated to play against Juve

Manchester City v FC Schalke 04 - UEFA Champions League Round of 16: Second Leg
MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MARCH 12: Phil Foden of Manchester City celebrates with his teammates after he scores his team's sixth goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 Second Leg match between Manchester City v FC Schalke 04 at Etihad Stadium on March 12, 2019 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Bernardo Silva hopes Manchester City avoid Champions League favourites Juventus in the upcoming draw and further rejected Cristiano Ronaldo’s comparison.

Man City were in scintillating form in their 7-0 spanking of Schalke at the Etihad, with Silva playing a pivotal role and contributed to the goals.

The former Monaco man has been described as one of Portugal’s biggest star by Pep Guardiola owing to his current form.

However, Silva cleared the air after speculations suggested he was taking over from Ronaldo.

“I think people interpreted things a little different to what he meant,” said the 24-year-old. whose new six-year contract was confirmed on Wednesday.

“Cristiano, what he has done in over the last 15 years in football, is probably one of the best players ever in the history of football. So there is no comparison to him.”

With Real Madrid relinquishing their hold on the Champions League following their exit to Ajax last week, Juve and Man City are considered hot favourites for European football’s greatest prize.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 25: Vincent Kompany of Manchester City celebrates after scoring his sides second goal during the Carabao Cup Final between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley Stadium on February 25, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

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The former English Premier League footballer believes the Belgian was an integral part of the club in the last eleven years.

Bernardo is wary of the prospect of a showdown with his compatriot in the quarter-finals.

“I wouldn’t like it very much, to be honest,” he said via the Evening Standard. “I know him, I know what he’s capable of and once again he proved it.

“When you are playing in a competition like the Champions League you have to know that you can get drawn against this kind of teams, this kind of players.

“It is a good thing. It means you are playing the best competitions, the best games and we will see who we are playing against. Of course, to play against Cristiano and (Lionel) Messi it is always complicated.”


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