Bernardo ready to seize his chance

Bernardo says he is ready to seize his chance in the team following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday, and wants to build up a sustained run of games in the side.

By James Hilsum • 05 January 2020

By Bennett Dean
Bernardo in action against Sheffield Wednesday.

The Brazilian was introduced for the final 20 minutes of yesterday’s game, and is ready to play his part in Graham Potter’s plans following Dan Burn’s absence due to a collarbone injury.

He said, “I was out for a long time, but he [Graham Potter] introduced me gradually and gave me a few minutes against Crystal Palace.

“Then I came in for 70 minutes against Tottenham and Chelsea last match. I haven’t played 90 minutes, but my situation is different, because I’ve played 70 minutes, and then another two lots of 20 minutes.

“It’s a different situation compared to when you haven’t played any minutes, and then having to play a full game.

“I would never wish anyone to get injured. Dan [Burn] took his opportunity very well, did an amazing job and deserves his role in the team. Last season, he didn’t play at all and his behaviour was great in the training ground.

“I thought I played well against Chelsea and now I’m ready to take my opportunity and play as many matches as I can.”

By Paul Hazlewood

The full-back reflected in more detail on Saturday’s game and says there was a lack of overall intensity in their performance.

“It was very frustrating because we have the obligation to win and go through to the next stage, but on the other side, it makes this competition so exciting because anything can happen and this time we’re the ones that are leaving the game with a bad result.

“It’s easier for players that are used to playing, whereas today we had players playing that hadn’t featured for a while.

“You can train as much as you want, but you can’t simulate a match, and this could be a reason. I understand the reason why some players weren’t at 100 per cent.”

Bernardo beats Sam Winnall to the ball in an aerial challenge.

Everton are Albion’s next opponents in the Premier League next Saturday, and he stressed the need to bounce back as quickly as possible.

“It will be good for us to react as soon as possible, and take this game out of our minds.

“They are two different competitions, and we need to separate these things. We know it’s going to be a very difficult match, but we are going to be very competitive.”

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