• March 31, 2024
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Following Manchester City’s frustrating goalless draw against Arsenal at the Etihad on Sunday, March 31, midfielder Bernardo Silva expressed his belief that his team is no longer the frontrunner to retain the Premier League title. With the draw leaving City three points adrift of the top spot, the Cityzens face an uphill battle in the title race, especially after Liverpool’s victory earlier in the day propelled them back to the summit of the standings.

Silva, who played the entire match against Arsenal, acknowledged the defensive resilience of their opponents, who thwarted City’s attacking efforts and prevented them from finding the back of the net. The stalemate marked the first time in 58 games that City failed to score at home, further highlighting the frustration for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Despite the setback, Silva remained optimistic about City’s chances, emphasizing that while they may not be considered favorites at the moment, there are still nine matches left to play, and anything can happen in the unpredictable landscape of the Premier League.

Speaking to the press after the game, Silva maintained that City has not given up on their aspirations of clinching a fourth consecutive league title.

While acknowledging the challenges ahead, he emphasized the importance of maintaining focus and determination as they continue their pursuit of silverware. Silva’s comments reflect the competitive spirit within the City camp, as they look to overcome adversity and mount a strong challenge in the remaining fixtures of the season.

“We are not favorites to win the title anymore. We have to be realistic. A lot can happen but we depend not on ourselves anymore. We depend on Arsenal & Liverpool because we don’t play against them; so we need them to drop points and we need to do our job and win our games.”