95% pass accuracy: Man City ace produces masterful performance vs Villa

Brian Heffernan April 22, 2021
95% pass accuracy: Man City ace produces masterful performance vs Villa
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Bernardo Silva showed masterful control at the heart of the Manchester City midfield last night as he was named man of the match in the Sky Blues’ win at Aston Villa.

Despite both sides ending up with ten men before the hour mark, Manchester City deserved all three points at Villa Park.

And City man Silva was one of the biggest stars to shine last night. The midfielder finished the match with a Whoscored rating of 8.16 out of 10, which made him the website’s man of the match.

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Silva finished the match with an impressive 95% passing accuracy. He also completed three key passes, matched on the pitch only by City’s other stand-out player on the night, Phil Foden.

But Silva’s most important contribution was undoubtedly his two assists, setting up both of Manchester City’s goals.

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Two players see red

John McGinn got Villa off to a flying start, scoring within 20 seconds following an assist by Ollie Watkins. It was the second-fastest goal for Villa, beaten only by Dwight Yorke 26 years ago.

The lead didn’t last long, with the outstanding Phil Foden and Rodrigo scoring before the end of the first half to give City a 2-1 lead.

But before the whistle had gone for the break, Pep Guardiola’s side were down to ten men. John Stones was sent off just before half-time after crashing into Villa youngster Jacob Ramsey near the halfway line.

Referee Peter Bankes upgraded Stones’ yellow card to red after VAR advised him to view the challenge on the monitor.

If the one-man advantage gave Villa hope they could shock City, things evened up in the 57th minute when full-back Matty Cash picked up his second yellow card.

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Silva will want to maintain his solid form going into his next outing. The Manchester giants take on Spurs in the League Cup final.

Sunday’s clash against the north London side offers yet another opportunity for Guardiola to add silverware to his locker.

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Brian Heffernan is head of recruitment at Horsham FC. He has also scouted for League Two and Danish clubs and worked freelance in the Russian Premier League. Brian’s work includes trialling and signing players and creating detailed opposition dossiers for first-team managers. He’s also a sports journalist specialising in football.