​Manchester City midfielder, Bernardo Silva, admits he thought his side were out of the Premier League title race when they lost to Newcastle United at the end of January. 

The reigning champions’ defeat at Newcastle handed Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool the opportunity to go seven points clear at the top of the Premier League table. Fortunately, the Reds failed to capitalise and played out consecutive draws against Leicester City and West Ham United. 

City, on the other hand, bounced back with a commanding 3-1 win over Arsenal before sealing a solid 2-0 win at Everton. The two commendable wins allowed them to replace Klopp’s leaders at the top of the table on goal difference, although having played an extra game. 

Bernardo, who has been a mainstay under Pep Guardiola this season, is ecstatic to be back in the title race and vows to keep at it right until the final minute of the season. 

“After Newcastle, it was very tough on us,” Portugal playmaker Silva told reporters, as quoted by FourFourTwo

“We were very disappointed, more than anyone else. The players, the staff, we were all very sad, because we all thought we had lost the league in that game.”

“Fortunately, Liverpool drew against Leicester and that gave us a little bit of hope. Then there was another draw against West Ham and that meant the race was on.”

“Mentally, this is a big boost for us. We will try to keep doing our job and not relax as we did against Newcastle,” he concluded. 

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