Juanma Lillo has said that Bernardo Silva remains an incredibly important player to Manchester City.

Ahead of his side’s upcoming clash against Sheffield United on Sunday, the stand-in Sky Blues boss confirmed that he is likely to return to action after his illness ruled him out against Newcastle United.

Juanma Lillo also went on to emphasise how important Bernardo Silva is for this Manchester City side, as quoted by Manchester Evening News journalist Joe Bray.

Juanma Lillo emphasises Bernardo Silva importance to Manchester City

Branded as ‘very underrated’ by Ilkay Gundogan (via ESPN), perhaps some do not acknowledge how consistently decisive the £43 million (via GOAL) man has been for six years.

Even last season, during the business end of the season, the Portuguese international saved his best performances, particularly in the Champions League against the likes of Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

As Manchester City prepare to take on Sheffield United this Sunday, Juanma Lillo emphasized how key Bernardo Silva is for Manchester City.

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“Bernardo is that kind of player who, in order to look at his importance, you look at his past. His importance is plain to see.”

Short and sweet but perfectly summed up by the veteran.

Bernardo Silva is genuinely irreplaceable

Juanma Lillo is bang on about Bernardo Silva and how decisive he is for Manchester City and has been for a number of seasons now.

What separates the 29-year-old from the rest is the fact that while he is incredibly versatile, it would be a discredit to his brilliance to describe him as a utility man.

On the contrary, Bernardo Silva is capable of operating in multiple positions and that too, at an elite level whilst bringing so much to the table both on and off the ball.

A technical genius that does the dogwork of a defensive midfielder and is one of the best big-game players in world football; there is simply no player like him in world football.

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