Bernardo Silva has admitted that something needs to change at Manchester City if they are to get their hands on a trophy this season.
City have started the 2020-21 campaign in mixed form, gaining just eight points from their first five Premier League games. They had to settle for a draw with West Ham in their most recent match.
Silva has started just two of their league matches so far, and is yet to add a goal or assist – and he is growing concerned about his personal form and his team’s overall.
However, the 26-year-old cannot explain why City have started the season slowly.
“I don’t really have a good explanation,” he told L’Equipe. “We have to speak between us, with the manager, because if we want to win a title this season, we need to change something.
“All the teams know how we play, and we find ourselves against teams that don’t want the ball. They’re just waiting for the counter-attack.
“In this early season, we haven’t managed to be dangerous, to create a lot of chances, nor to be efficient.”
Silva explains his own struggles
Last season, Silva only started 23 games in the Premier League, a sharp decrease on the 31 starts he made the previous year.
He has found gametime hard to come by in the new term as well, and admits there is a lot of competition for his place.
However, he also thinks that competition should be enough for City to be doing better.
“It’s not been a good season for us, and for me personally either,” he said. “We’ve got a very complete squad, with a lot of world class players and competition.
“On the right, I have [Riyad] Mahrez and Ferran Torres, or even Raheem Sterling. In the middle, I had David Silva, [Ilkay] Gündogan and Kevin De Bruyne, but of course I needed to do better this season.”