Bernardo Silva is homing in on the Champions League trophy – however he’s refusing to take quarter-final opponents Lyon without any consideration.
The Manchester Metropolis midfielder has been given an additional incentive to raise the trophy this 12 months, with the finals event being switched to his dwelling city of Lisbon.
And Metropolis are seen by some as favourites to win the competitors, particularly after knocking out Actual Madrid within the final 16.
However Bernardo says there isn’t any approach they are going to be trying past the assembly with the French aspect on the Jose Alvalade Stadium on Saturday night time.
When requested about being pitched towards one of many lesser-known golf equipment left within the event, Bernardo was having none of it.
“Something can occur,” he mentioned. “Juventus have been knocked out by Lyon. We have now seen a lot of surprises within the competitors during the last years.
“We misplaced towards Tottenham final 12 months within the quarter-finals. It’s totally troublesome to foretell the video games and the outcomes on this competitors.
“The truth that Liverpool are out, Actual Madrid are out, it isn’t going to make our path simpler. That might be a fallacious thought.
“We have to go recreation by recreation, be very centered, understanding that each recreation goes to be very powerful. All of the groups in Lisbon are right here as a result of they deserve it.
“We must be at our greatest degree to win the video games and attempt to attain the ultimate.”
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Metropolis can even replicate on the truth that Lyon shocked the Blues in a bunch assembly on the Etihad Stadium final season – their solely defeat within the final 9 European video games at dwelling.
Bernardo additionally is aware of Lyon higher than most, having joined Metropolis from their Ligue 1 rivals Monaco.
“I do know Lyon very effectively having performed for 3 years in Ligue 1 the place I performed many instances towards them,” he mentioned. “Additionally right here at Manchester Metropolis we confronted them final season and it wasn’t simple.
“We did not handle to beat them in both of the 2 video games. That exhibits how troublesome a workforce they’re.
“Not solely Lyon, however all of the French groups are very bodily, very robust and in only one recreation, it is unpredictable.
“It should be very troublesome. We’re going to attempt to put together ourselves one of the best ways we will, however we all know it isn’t going to be simple.”
However Metropolis are being pushed on by the considered taking the one main prize which has eluded them lately.
“The Champions League is the one competitors we nonetheless have not received at this membership,” he mentioned. “Manchester Metropolis has by no means received this competitors, most of our gamers have not received it but, together with me.
“In fact, profitable this competitors has at all times been a goal for the gamers and the membership. It is going to be very particular to win it.
“For me, much more so as a result of it is my metropolis and it is an additional motivation to struggle for the trophy right here.
“It might undoubtedly be particular to win the Champions League in Lisbon.”