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Title defence now in Silva's sights

18th April 2019, 14:03 by Craig Smithson

Bernardo Silva has urged Manchester City to recover from their Champions League disappointment by defending their Premier League title.

City saw their hopes of conquering Europe - and chance of winning an unprecedented quadruple this season - end in a dramatic quarter-final clash against Tottenham at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday.

City thought they had snatched a 5-3 victory, which would have taken them through 5-4 on aggregate, through Raheem Sterling in injury-time, but his strike was ruled out by VAR.

Instead, Spurs went through to a last-four clash with Ajax, despite a 4-3 loss on the night, courtesy of the away-goals rule in a 4-4 aggregate draw.

"We are very disappointed," said Silva, one of City's scorers in a sensational game that opened with five goals inside a pulsating first 21 minutes.

"Obviously we wanted to qualify for the semi-finals. We're disappointed with the result and the way we conceded the goals, but I think the way the team played was very good. It was fantastic, especially after (being) 2-1 behind.

"It's not a very good feeling to have, but that's football. Now we have to focus on the Premier League and FA Cup. We will have to forget about it and go for the competitions we are still in."

This could still be a memorable season for City. They have already won the Carabao Cup and are through to the FA Cup final.

They will also retain their Premier League title if they win their remaining five games, starting with another visit from Spurs on Saturday.

Punters may wish to use their free bet to back them to pick up three points.

Silva said: "It's not time for revenge, it's time for another competition, time to keep us alive in the title race.

"We will try to win the game in the same way we did on Wednesday, but knowing that we are playing against a very good team and that will make it difficult for us."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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