Bernardo Silva says Manchester City’s players are ready to write off Pep Guardiola’s “teenagers tag” by surpassing their best run in the Champions League.
Guardiola tried to ease the pressure on his side by calling them teenagers in the Champions League following recent comparison with top European clubs.
And the team responded emphatically by thumping sorry Schalke 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium to secure a quarter-final spot.
However, Silva who grabbed one on the night, insists the players are keen on proving their gaffer wrong by going far in the competition.
“Of course we will try to prove him wrong,” said Silva. “We know it is a difficult competition, a special competition against the best teams in Europe, but we players will try to prove him wrong.”
“It feels great but, to be honest, it doesn’t really matter that it was 10-2. What matters is we are through,” Silva told Sky.
The Portuguese winger equally dismissed their new English record suggesting qualification into the next round meant more.
“The first game in Germany was very difficult. We won but we could have lost. We played with 10 players for the last 30 minutes.
— Manchester City (@ManCity) March 12, 2019
“So it was not as easy as people might think, these two games against Schalke, but 7-0 was really good for us.”
The Citizens will discover their quarter-final opponents on Friday.
Their best record in the competition remains a Semi-final outing that was ended by Madrid under Pellegrini.