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Bernardo Silva: 'Manchester City not Champions League favourites'

Silva: 'Man City not CL favourites'
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Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva insists that his side are not favourites to lift the Champions League trophy this season.

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has insisted that his side are not favourites to lift the Champions League trophy this season.

Pep Guardiola's team began their knockout-stage campaign in excellent fashion on Tuesday night, securing four away goals in the first leg of their last-16 tie with Basel.

Silva told reporters, however, that with City being relatively new to this stage of the competition, experienced teams such as Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are more worthy candidates for the crown at this stage.

"I think it was an amazing performance," the 23-year-old said of the game. "To come here and win 4-0 against this team, away from home - it is always so difficult in this competition.

"But favourites for the Champions League title? No. I think teams like Barcelona, Real Madrid [and] Bayern Munich are more used to playing games in this special competition than us.

"Even though we are in a good a moment, and we know we can try to do something, we are not the favourites."

Elsewhere in Tuesday evening's action, Tottenham Hotspur came from two goals down to secure a draw with Juventus in Turin.


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Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City1210203653132
2Liverpool129302351830
3Chelsea128402781928
4Tottenham HotspurSpurs1290320101027
5Arsenal1273226151124
6Bournemouth126242116520
7Watford126241714320
8Manchester UnitedMan Utd126242021-120
9Everton125431915419
10Leicester CityLeicester125251716117
11Wolverhampton WanderersWolves124441213-116
12Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton124261318-514
13West Ham UnitedWest Ham123361418-412
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle12237915-69
15Burnley122371225-139
16Crystal Palace12228817-98
17Southampton12156821-138
18Cardiff CityCardiff122281125-148
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield12147622-167
20Fulham121291131-205

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