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​Bernardo Silva backs up Man City teammate De Bruyne over UEFA Nations League

Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva has joined Manchester City team-mate Kevin De Bruyne in making complaints about the number of matches.

De Bruyne spoke recently about his dislike for the UEFA Nations League, especially when the matches take place after a grueling season.

The coming year will see players compete in the club season, before a break in November and December for the FIFA World Cup, and then a resumption of the club season.

"For the fans it's good but for the players it's hard," Bernardo said to AS after a 1-1 draw with Spain.

"After a season in which we've had 60 games, to come here and then have to play four more... many people have spoken about it.

"There are too many games, in the end, too many injuries. We start the new season in a month's time and I'm certain we are not going to be 100 per cent ready.

"It's tough but it is what it is."

De Bruyne had previously stated to reporters on international duty: "For me, the Nations League is unimportant. We have to play those matches, but it's a kind of practice campaign.

"Everyone has had a very tough season. As soon as we are on the field, we do what we have to do. Then I want to win. Other than that, I don't have much to say about it.

"We have nothing to say about it. As players, we can talk about vacation or rest, but we have no say. We follow what we need to do and that's it.

"We have a little more than three weeks of vacation every 12 months. The outsiders don't understand how a player feels after a season. It doesn't have to be, in the end it won't change anyway. Nor is there any point in saying anything about it. Nothing will change anyway."

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