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Pep Guardiola delighted match-winner Bernardo Silva stayed at Manchester City

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola hailed Bernardo Silva after his goal secured a 1-0 victory at Leicester.

The forward’s second-half goal gave City a deserved three points at the King Power Stadium.

The champions made it three straight Premier League wins, but it was not a classic performance, with the visitors often wasteful after hitting 10 goals in their previous two games.

Bernardo Silva was linked with a move away from the Etihad in the summer, but Guardiola expects big things from him this season.

He said: “I always have done, it’s an incredible situation. It’s not just the quality he played or the incredible runs or work ethic he has.

“We are happy he is here and in the future, we will see what happens.

“He played really well in the last two games and today again. The connection between Jack (Grealish) and Joao (Cancelo) was brilliant.

“After an international break it is not one of the best places to come to play and we played really well. We created a lot, unfortunately, we didn’t score more goals.

“We suffered sometimes because they defended deep and had the counter-attack. Kasper Schmeichel had the quality to put the balls in the right area. It was difficult, we knew it because we always suffer against Leicester.”

Schmeichel saved Gabriel Jesus’ far-post header after six minutes following some Silva trickery on the left before Kyle Walker and Ederson thwarted Harvey Barnes.

Schmeichel turned Silva’s drive wide and Grealish fired over after a neat free-kick move.

But Leicester, who have now won two and lost two of their opening four games, nearly stunned City twice early in the second half.

Barnes’ header hit the top of the bar from Vardy’s cross before Vardy had a goal correctly ruled out for offside after rounding Ederson.

Manchester City stepped up and found the winner after 62 minutes when Bernando Silva scored a goal from close range. 

Ederson still needed to deny Ademola Lookman a debut goal, while Fernandinho and Grealish had chances to add a late second for City.

Manchester City will be looking to continue their fine form as they take on RB Leipzig in their UEFA Champions League match on Wednesday.

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