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Man City boss Guardiola explains benching Bernardo

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has explained leaving Bernardo Silva on the bench for victory at West Ham.

Guardiola revealed the 25-year-old was left out purely as an injury precaution.

He said: "Bernardo had done nothing wrong, but there was some little muscular problems."

Riyad Mahrez was called into the line-up to replace Silva and had a terrific game, drawing praise from his boss over his attitude.

"Riyad called me after they [Algeria] won [the AFCON]," Guardiola told Goal. "He said, 'I need just 10 days. I want to come back soon. I want to play'.

"I like it. That's why I decide, 'Okay, I want to play him'."

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