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Silva: We thought we had lost the League title

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Bernardo Silva admitted he and his Manchester City team-mates thought they had lost the league when they dropped five points behind rivals, Liverpool, eight days ago.

Pep Guardiola’s reclaimed top spot for the first time since December following a 2-0 win at Everton on Wednesday.

However, the Reds have a game in hand and trail their rivals on goal difference. And former Monaco midfielder who has been consistent for City so far claimed.

“We are still the champions and we know what we have to do to win,” Silva told the BBC.

He added: “A few days ago, we thought we had lost the Premier League. Now we are top of the league, even if it is because we have played one game more.

“It is good to be back in the race and we will do our best to win all our games and do our job. That is the most important thing for now.

“We have three points more and it puts a bit of pressure on, not just for Liverpool but for Tottenham as well.”

The reigning Champions could have fallen behind if Klopp’s men had avoided successive 1-1 draws against Leicester and West Ham, but successive wins for Guardiola’s side reduced the deficit.

The Citizens are still fighting on four fronts and they face Newport in the FA Cup, Chelsea in the Carabao Cup and Schalke in the Champions League all before the end of the month.

“In my opinion, it is not problematic at all – especially when you have a squad like ours,” Silva said.

“If we don’t have injuries then I think we can cope, no problem at all. It is good to have lots of games as it means we are fighting for everything. Mentally it is good. We will try to do it.”