Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva says team shooting for 100 points
MANCHESTER, England -- Manchester City may have broken the record for most points this season but the bad news for relegation-threatened Southampton is they now want 100 points, according to midfielder Bernardo Silva.
Pep Guardiola's side set a new Premier League record on Wednesday night when their 3-1 victory over Brighton took them onto 97 points for the season as well as breaking records for most goals and most wins.
Avoiding defeat to the newly-crowned champions on Sunday would guarantee Southampton's Premier League survival, but Silva says they want to be the first top-flight side to bring up a century of points.
"Now we've broken all the records, we want to go for the three digits -- 100 points. It's something nobody ever did before -- and we want to do it," the Portuguese international told reporters.
"It was a very special moment [breaking the record]. We've said a few times, of course we wanted to win the league but if we can win it and break the records it would be even better because you stay in the history of the Premier League.
"We were able to break the win record, the goals and the points. To be part of that is something special and I'm very happy about it.
"The manager and all the staff told us they wanted it, they said: 'Let's break the records because it will be something special.' And it will be something that maybe in a few years we can still tell our kids and grandkids about."
It would cap an already memorable season for Silva following his move from Ligue 1 champions Monaco in the summer.
He scored the goal that saw City set a new record of Premier League goals in a season before Fernandinho went on to extend their tally to 105.
"Of course I want to get even better," he added. "I will work as hard as I can to be able to help the team even more.
"I'm settled here, the players, the staff, the fans, they all help me and I feel better and better every day."
While the 23-year-old is keen to establish himself at the Etihad Stadium, the win over Brighton saw Yaya Toure say his final farewell to the club and Silva said it was an honour to be part of his postmatch celebrations.
"Obviously Yaya is a Man City legend, it was fantastic for all us and for me personally to share this moment with him," he said.
"It's been here for such a long time, he's won so many trophies with City, he 's been one of the best players ever for this club and to able to enjoy"
One more in the final game would see Silva become the club's seventh player this term to reach double figures across all competitions after Sergio Aguero (30), Raheem Sterling (23), Gabriel Jesus (16), Leroy Sane (14), Kevin De Bruyne (12) and David Silva (10).
He said: "It wouldn't be my best - in Monaco I think 11 was my best - but, of course, I'll try to do it.
"The way we play, everyone is important so everyone is involved in scoring goals. It might be difficult for [goalkeeper] Ederson to score but we will try!''
Jonathan is ESPN FC's Manchester City correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @jonnysmiffy.