Manchester City v Schalke: Players urged to win quadruple for injured fan – BBC Sport

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Why Rio Ferdinand is wrong about the Pep Guardiola era at Man City

• Midfielder not keen on Champions League tie against Juventus• Ronaldo showed threat with hat-trick against Atlético Madrid

Pep Guardiolas team will discover on Friday whom they face and Silva hopes to avoid his international teammate. Ronaldo scored a 52nd career hat-trick as Juventus overturned a 2-0 deficit against Atlético Madrid to progress.

Liverpool are at Bayern on Wednesday night for their last-16 second leg with the tie poised at 0-0. Guardiola, a former Bayern manager, was clear who he wants to progress. I want Bayern, sorry for the English people. I am a big fan of this club and I love Munich and all the people. I would like Bayern to go through but it will not be easy, it is so demanding a game for both.

Asked about facing Ronaldo, Silva said: I wouldnt like it very much, to be honest. I know him, I know what hes capable of and once again tonight he proved it.

Read more Silva is conscious, though, that City may have to face a proven Champions League force. When you are playing in a competition like this you have to know that you can get drawn against these kind of teams, these kind of players, the forward said. It is a good thing. It means you are playing the best competitions, the best games and we will see who we are playing against. Of course to play against Cristiano and [Barcelonas Lionel] Messi it is always complicated.

The Schalke manager, Domenico Tedesco, denied being concerned about his job. I am proud to be coach of Schalke, I am happy to be here in this difficult situation but I have not given any thought to my position. That is the last subject I think about, he said.

Guardiola has described Silva as Portugals best player, apparently ranking him above Ronaldo. I think people interpreted things a little different to what he meant, Silva said. Of course Cristiano, what he has done in over the last 15 years in football is probably one of the best players ever in the history of football, so no comparison to him.

He scored nine times for the club in all competitions last season and brought his tally for this term up to the same amount on Tuesday with his goal in the 7-0 Champions League last-16 second-leg thrashing of Schalke.

City beat Schalke 7-0 at the Etihad Stadium to win the tie 10-2 on aggregate. Silva believes it is too soon to talk up Citys chances but said: We have big ambition to do as well as possible in this competition because we know we have a good team.

City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain said: “Bernardo is an exceptional talent, so offering him a new deal and ensuring he spends the best years of his career with us was a very easy decision.

Man City star Bernardo Silva rejects Cristiano Ronaldo comparisons as he hopes to avoid Juventus showdown

Silva has signed a three-year contract extension to 2025, having joined from Monaco in summer 2017 for £42m. He said: As soon as I heard City wanted me to stay longer, my mind was made up. I love the club, the manager, players and the fans.

Silva has been excellent at the Etihad since signing from Monaco in the summer of 2017 and now City have rewarded him with a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2025

Bernardo Silva says Manchester Citys players will aim to prove to Pep Guardiola they are capable of Champions League glory.

But on Tuesday five-time world player of the year Ronaldo underlined his enduring class by scoring a hat-trick against Atletico Madrid as Juventus overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to join City in the Champions League quarter-finals.

Guardiola referred to the Premier League champions as “teenagers” in Europes most prestigious competition, before watching his team overwhelm Schalke at the Etihad with an emphatic 7-0 win.

Silva said: “I think this is a team who play offensive football. We try to press high, we try to have the control of the game to have the ball as much as possible and when we lose the ball we try to recover as fast as possible.

7-0 to Manchester City, and German media anger over Schalke behaviour at Lowry Hotel

Despite only scraping a 3-2 victory in the first leg at the Veltins-Arena, City advanced to the quarter-finals courtesy of a 10-2 aggregate victory over the German outfit.

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