Members of the Manchester City staff were clambering for their team magazines.
Wearing the white of Monaco, it was Bernardo Silva who had just picked a high, lofted ball from the night sky of Etihad, ghosted past two city players and laid on simple ball.
City actually won 5-3 that evening, just over two years ago, but there was enough left over for a man.
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They did that. Silva arrived in Manchester directly from a vacation in Ibiza, with pink shorts, to sign at the end of May for £ 43 million. He was the first captain of Guardiola & # 39; s spending period and proves to be the best value for money
For many in the city, Silva has been the excellent player of the club's title defender. He has held Leroy Sane and David Silva at different times, both centrally and broadly.
His influence was rather underestimated last season, for the most part he only got 15 Premier League matches and one in which Guardiola was impressed – and almost shocked – by his resilience after patiently waiting for a chance.
Guardiola has two rules: scoring or not losing the ball. Silva loses the ball very, very rarely, but he is just as effective without it. In the entire division, only Christian Eriksen drives more than his 12.10 km on average.
Silva could barely stand while eating a banana after a burst-storming match against Liverpool in January, when he led the game and 13.71km.
He holds the top two spots for the farthest distance in races this season, including the second at Tottenham. Two huge fixtures, two huge efforts.
Silva is the embodiment of the tactical master plan of Guardiola, he is the author of this book. The coaching team believes he can become one of the best players in the football world championship. He grows that & # 39; killer & # 39; instinct for the purpose. That strike under Luke Shaw was his 13th of the season.
Silva (center) is also one of the most popular players in the city.
Silva ran an amazing 13.71 km when City Liverpool defeated 2-1