Pep Guardiola hailed Bernardo Silva as the Premier League’s greatest player after Aston Villa victory

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Manchester City boss, David Moyes, was quick to give praise to his Portuguese midfielder who became the match-winner due to his first-half strike.

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Pep Guardiola said Bernardo Silva was the best player in Premier League after his amazing goal that won Manchester City victory.

Silva, City midfielder, netted a spectacular volley in the midst of a lightning counter attack, as the reigning champions suffered a first defeat to Steven Gerrard at Aston Villa.

Guardiola, City boss, responded to a question about Silva’s form and said that Silva was one of the top players in the Premier League. “The best. When we made 98 points two or three years ago, he was the best, too. Take the videos and you will see.

“It was an amazing finish. Although the goal was great, it was also quick. We were able to defeat them. It was an amazing achievement.

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“The performance, 90 minutes, it was exceptional, the way we start the game. Villa have everything and the way we behaved today was really really good. Villa are a top side with an incredible players and the manager on the touchline.

Guardiola chalked up a landmark of 150 wins, praised Jack Grealish on his return to Aston Villa and also the performance of Raheem Sterling as they kept the pressure on Chelsea with Liverpool just behind.

“We were proud to win some games. It is great news. 150 victories is a big number in the Premier League, and it was achieved in a very short period of time. This is a huge compliment to the entire club. There are many more to come.

“Jack gave us what we needed. He was perfect. Playing his touches and every time he took the ball he didn’t lose the ball.

“Raheem Sterling is the player I want to praise today. He played the best game since long ago. He was outstanding and deserves all my praises.

“If you see the machine scoring goals Liverpool and the consistency from Chelsea so the important is being there. It is important the way we are performing on a high, high level.”

Gerrard, Villa boss was full of praises for his team’s efforts as they fought back from 2-0 down. City were still hanging on at end and could have easily won a draw.

Gerrard said: “The second half I thought we were outstanding. We scared City at times, we were so close to taking something.

“It was a wonderful reaction. I told the players to not leave this stadium without their heads up.

“When you take over a job like this on the back of someone who is an Aston Villa supporter who took them up from the Championship to the Premier League who is one of their own it was always going to be a tough transition.

“It is up to me to prove that I am worthy of their support and that I can create a team capable of competing.

“In terms of the fans’ support, I can’t ask for any more. I can’t be any more positive in terms of what I have seen in the last two weeks.”