For so long this season, Manchester City looked unstoppable under manager Pep Guardiola, but the last week has changed perceptions.
There is not much doubt in the Cityzens’ title bid considering that they have a 13-point lead at the top of the Premier League table with six games left to play, but three defeats on the trot have raised eyebrows.
City were eliminated from the Champions League at the quarter-final stage on Wednesday night by Liverpool 5-1 on aggregate.
Guardiola’s men were undone in 31 minutes at Anfield in the first leg last week due to goals from Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sadio Mane.
In the second leg at the Etihad Stadium, City had a sense of renewed hope when Gabriel Jesus scored inside the first two minutes, but Liverpool defended well and nabbed two away goals.
In between those outings, the North-West outfit squandered the chance to secure the league title due to a 3-2 defeat to neighbours Manchester United.
Bernardo Silva, who signed for the club last summer, was one of the more impressive players for City on the night, but he was unable to change the course of the game.
After the final whistle, the 23-year-old, who has struggled for regular game time this season, took to Twitter, and received a warm response from the fans.
Thank you all for the amazing atmosphere tonight! We gave everything we could so no regrets. Congratulations to @liverpoolfc and good luck on the semi finals. Now let’s go win the premier league and end the season with a title @ManCity 🔵🔵 pic.twitter.com/ku6BOp7PIc
— Bernardo Silva (@BernardoCSilva) April 10, 2018
Well played Bernardo you gave your all
— Charlie (@CharlieP_Mcfc) April 10, 2018
Slowly becoming one of my favourites at city 💙
— Jake (@Jakehull27Jake) April 10, 2018
Good luck for the rest of the season, my man! 💙
— Mo (@CatastrophicMo) April 10, 2018
You were quality tonight but don’t wish them lot any luck, hope they get stuffed
— k.horan (@Ke_v12) April 10, 2018
Love you mate
— Connor (@ConnorMuller97) April 10, 2018
Classy, classy lad and player.
— Bert Purple Heart (@StePurpleHeart) April 11, 2018
Deserve to start more games. Well played
— Darren Kasbia (@0161Darren) April 10, 2018
BERNARDOOOOO! Amazing performance but you never get the chance sooo
— Jayden🤴🏽 (@BlueBernardo) April 10, 2018