Man City desperate to end waiting for Champions League success – Bernardo Silva

Bernardo Silva admits Manchester City are keen to win the Champions League this season.

City have shown their clear determination to emerge victorious on the domestic front in recent weeks, highlighted by Sunday’s clinical 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea in the third round of the FA Cup.

This came three days after they beat the same team to move five points clear of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League as they face Southampton in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola after losing in the 2021 Champions League final

Manchester City have yet to win the Champions League trophy (Adam Davy/PA)

However, while they have tasted success in all these competitions over the past few years, the elite European trophy has so far eluded them and Silva is keen to rectify that.

The Portuguese playmaker said: “We make no secret that this is a competition we really want to win.

“Of course we still want to win domestic competitions, but it’s no secret that we’ve wanted to win the Champions League for some time. Since this is a goal that we have not yet reached, I hope that this year will be our time.”

It’s still over a month before City resumes its last European campaign with a trip to Leipzig in the last 16 years.

Prior to that, they had other priorities, and the ease with which they beat an admittedly weak Chelsea team over the weekend showed the depth of their formidable squad.

Riyad Mahrez (right) celebrates one of his two goals against Chelsea with Bernardo Silva

Riyad Mahrez (right) celebrates one of his two goals against Chelsea with Silva (Martin Rickett/PA)

Manager Pep Guardiola made seven substitutions in the game at the Etihad Stadium, including resting Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland, but the Londoners had no answer.

Riyad Mahrez, Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden successfully settled the contest in a devastating 15-minute period in the first half. Mahrez added a fourth with City’s second successful penalty of the afternoon – Alvarez converted the first – late.

Chelsea offered little in response, but Silva had no doubts about the magnitude of the score.

The 28-year-old said: “Chelsea are always difficult to measure, even with the number of injured players they’ve had this season.

“Anyway, they are one of the best clubs in England. We are happy to move up in the competition and also to have this good victory in front of our fans.

Graham Potter (left) looks depressed after Chelsea's defeat to Manchester City

Graham Potter’s Chelsea has a bad streak (Martin Rickett/PA)

For Chelsea, the result was dismal, compounded by their recent poor streak.

Graham Potter’s side have lost six and won just two of their last nine matches in all competitions.

They have been hampered by a long list of injuries, but defender Trevoh Chalobah says the team will not make excuses.

“It’s a difficult moment,” Chalobah told the club’s website. “We can only look at ourselves. We have injuries but we have to use the players we have and move on. We don’t want to complain.

“We have to work on what went wrong and look to the future. The games are coming thick and fast. We have to pick ourselves up and go again.”

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