How Bernardo Silva felt about playing left-back for Benfica

Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva was surprisingly deployed at left-back by Pep Guardiola during Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Arsenal, and it wasn’t his first experience of the role.

Nathan Ake, who has been City’s usual left-back recently, was shifted into a central role and vacated his space for Silva, who was tasked with keeping up with Arsenal star Bukayo Saka down that side of the pitch.

It yielded mixed results and Silva eventually found himself back in attack after a second-half substitute saw Manuel Akanji join the defence and Ake shift out to the left.

Interestingly, it wasn’t Silva’s…


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