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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola believes Bernardo Silva is back to his “unstoppable” best after the Portuguese star shone in the Premier League leaders’ 3-1 win over Everton.
After Everton forward Richarlison canceled Phil Foden’s opener, Silva set up Riyad Mahrez to put City in front in the 63rd minute at Goodison Park on Wednesday.
Then Silva went from supplier to scorer, picking up Gabriel Jesús’ pass to extend the lead with 13 minutes to go and seal City’s 17th consecutive victory in all competitions.
Returning to his excellent form in City’s 2018-19 title-winning campaign, Guardiola praised the impact Silva has had during his 28 starts this season.
“What a player. I can say that, what a player. Everything he does, he does incredibly well,” Guardiola told reporters.
“The year we won the second Premier League in a row, it was unstoppable.
“He was an important player for us and he has returned.
“I am more than happy because, I have said it many times, he is a lovely person.
“As a coach, you will dream of always having people like Bernardo. I think his mom and dad must be very proud of the son they have. “
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The victory in Merseyside sent City to the top of the Premier League but, despite a 10-point lead over Manchester United, Guardiola looks no further than the trip to Arsenal on Sunday.
In the midst of a busy schedule, Guardiola said: “It is better not to see the schedule because you get depressed. There are too many games.
“Guys need to get some rest, but it doesn’t matter. At the same time, I would say that it is a beautiful challenge.
“We are in the final of the EFL Cup and we will be back in a few weeks to play the semi-finals of the FA Cup. Everton showed us how difficult it will be.
“The best way is not to see the schedule, not to see the calendar, because it is very, very demanding.
“You are thinking about the next one. Next is Arsenal. Then prepare as well as possible with the cool people, and three days later he will travel to Europe in the Champions League.
“Three days later against West Ham, three days later we will have Wolves and then three or four days later we will have United. It’s non-stop.
“That’s why he is recovering well, trying to make the best possible selection for people who are fresh in mind and body and trying to win the next one.”