Bernardo Silva insists he expected to have a better second season at Man City

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The Portuguese midfielder was always hopeful that his second year at the Etihad would run more smoothly than the first

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva pinpointed greater confidence and the chance to settle as the keys to his improved form at the start of the season.

Silva, 24, has impressed with his performance at the start of the new Premier League campaign, helping City win four of their opening five Premier League games.

The Portugal international joined City from Monaco for a reported €50m ($58m, £44m) last year but started only 15 of his 35 league appearances last term.

However, Silva said he knew he would improve, having had the chance to settle in England.

"The second season is always easier than the first one. When you change it's always more difficult. You have to adapt to the way your team plays, you have to adapt to your team-mates, to the league, to the referees," he said.

"Obviously I have more confidence, I feel better with the team and I hope I can do better than last season.

"I'm happy because I'm helping the team and that I'm feeling well, I just hope that I can continue this way.

"I can play either in the centre or wide, I can do whatever the manager thinks is best for the team. It depends on the games, I feel comfortable both ways.

"It was a great start for them [Chelsea and Liverpool], for us as well even though we drew one game.

"It's still the beginning, a lot of games to play, we'll see what happens but we want to try and win the Premier League."

While Silva has starred, his team-mate Leroy Sane has been in the spotlight amid uninspired displays, although the German attacker did manage to find the net in a 3-0 win over Fulham on Saturday.

Silva praised the 22-year-old for his work ethic despite a slow start to the campaign.

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"Everyone knows how important Leroy is for us, he was one of the best players last season, I hope and everyone hopes he can do the same this season," he said.

"He is doing well, once again he helped us and he's a fantastic player.

"When you play in a team like Manchester City where you have a lot of quality players, sometimes you just have to know that sometimes you won't start, but you have to keep working - that's what he does every day."

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