Bernardo Silva donates Man of the Match award to Phil Foden

Bernardo Silva donates Man of the Match award to Phil Foden

Javier Howell
April 23, 2019

Former Arsenal captain Patrick Vieira believes the Premier League title race will be dependent on players' fitness.

Pep Guardiola's side are one point clear of second-placed Liverpool after Foden's fifth-minute header exacted a measure of revenge for City's Champions League quarter-final exit against Tottenham on Wednesday, a result that ended their bid to win an unprecedented quadruple.

City will retain the Premier League title if they win their next four matches, starting with the derby against city rivals Manchester United on Wednesday night. The Portuguese midfielder said: "We are so happy with the win (on Saturday) and now it's on to another tough one against Manchester United which I think will be crucial for the title". And we needed this type of attitude, to be aggressive at the start, because Tottenham are an incredible side the way they get in behind us with the ball, the way they attack our back [line].

It is expected that the basis of "city" in comparison with the first match appears Kevin De Bruyne and Borussia Dortmund's Ilkay Gundogan will go to the bench. They need points to be in the top four and we need them to fight for the title. "I was in my office and we play a lot of games [at the moment], and I said: 'I think he's ready - I want to give him a chance.' That's all".

"We felt the atmosphere - the fans were great today, as they were three days ago".

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The 24-year-old, who is also on the shortlist for Young Player of Year, said: "Of course I would like one of us three to win, that would be nice, but what really matters is we win the Premier League and FA Cup". Silva said: 'It was a massive win, very important for us, especially after the defeat in the Champions League. All are important but big games where best teams compete against each other are the best games when it comes to playing.

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola labelled himself a "genius" while discussing the decision to start 18-year-old Phil Foden against Tottenham Hotspur.

Brighton is three points ahead of Cardiff, which occupies the final relegation place and hosts Liverpool on Sunday.

"From the first time I saw him, when I just landed here, (director of football) Txiki (Begiristain) told me, "You have to meet one player, 15 or 16 years old".