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Bernard’s Freedom

Bernard has credited his recent uplift in form to being afforded increased freedom from Carlo Ancelotti.

Bernard told evertontv “I am really happy with my performances and that I have been able to help the team,.

“Part of that [reason for his influence] is the freedom Carlo Ancelotti has given me to play.

“Now it is a process of development and understanding what the coach wants from you, evolving and developing day to day.

“What the manager has asked from me is to look to find spaces between the defensive lines.

“I have been able to find this space, receive the ball and turn around and play it quickly.

“The freedom Carlo has given me is enabling me to find these spaces.

“And the process of learning under Carlo has been very quick because I played in that role previously.

“This is the way I played at Shakhtar Donetsk under Paulo Fonseca (the manager in charge for Bernard’s final two seasons with the Ukranians).

“Playing inside, you are closer to the goal, so more opportunities will come about: opportunities to help your teammates and, like against Newcastle, chances to shoot. I had one shot which went just over and and another from outside the box saved by the keeper.

“I will look to create assists for my teammates but also have in mind the scoring opportunities which may come about.”

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