Sublime Silva Goal Sees Man City Inflict Gerrard’s First Defeat At Villa

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Pep Guardiola believes Manchester City are ready to contend for the Premier League title after Bernardo Silva’s sensational strike helped them overcome Aston Villa and hand Steven Gerrard his first Premier League defeat.

Guardiola’s team won their fourth league game in a row, keeping them in second place in the table, one point behind leaders Chelsea in what is shaping up to be a three-way title chase that includes Liverpool.

After City cut their hosts open with a quick break, Silva demonstrated world-class technique by side-foot volleying Gabriel Jesus’ falling cross into the roof of the net from just inside the area.

Ruben Dias, an unusual source of the visitors’ opening, curled into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to increase the visitors’ advantage before half-time.

Jack Grealish was introduced as a late substitute for his first appearance at Villa Park since a £100 million summer transfer, and was met with boos and acclaim from a home crowd that previously revered him.

“Do we have another alternative?” said Guardiola when asked whether City were ready to battle for the title. “So we are going to face the challenge.”

Source: BBC Sport

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