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‘Underrated and unbelievable’: De Bruyne on Silva

‘Underrated and unbelievable’: De Bruyne on Silva
11 Apr

This morning’s back pages sees Kevin De Bruyne label midfield partner David Silva as ‘unbelievable’ – and that’s where we’ll begin our round-up of City-related headlines.

Not that we don’t already know that, of course – but when an equally stellar talent like KDB issues praise, people tend to listen.

The quotes seem to emanate from Sky following the Blues Monday night win at Stoke, but Sportskeeda write: ‘The thing is we don’t have competition,” said De Bruyne. ‘I’d prefer it if he scores even more, it helps us.

‘But everybody is doing their part. One day it will be me, on another day it will be David.

READ: DAVID SILVA: The story so far

‘Obviously I’m very satisfied with the way I’m playing, I feel I’m playing really well. But I don’t need to score or give assists, I just need to do my thing to help us win games and, in the end,, I will be very happy.

‘David is unbelievable to play alongside, he’s very underrated, and that means a lot considering his standards.’

Continuing a theme City fans will never tire of, the always-readable Simon Curtis pays homage to our Spanish genius in his ESPN column this morning.

It is our duty to relay those comments here…

“On Oct. 17, 2010 at Bloomfield Road, Blackpool, a player of noticeably small stature, who had made his bruising debut in a 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane on the opening day of the season, announced his arrival on the football pitches of England to an already doubting public.

“It involved a flourish of blazing colour that all, who were there will remember vividly.

EVERY ANGLE: El Mago at it again!



Tuesday, March 13, 2018 10:42 AM

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“In many ways, it embodied an entrance to the English football scene that shed bright light on just what kind of player Manchester City had managed to purchase that summer. It is worth remembering, in those days of early influence from then-coach Roberto Mancini, that City’s side had a very different look to it than the team millions across the planet are familiar with today.

“Fast forward eight long years and David Silva is one of the few remaining players from that early Mancini era.

“His 2017-18 season has been a kaleidoscope of emotions. The premature birth of his son has transformed the last two months of his life into a logistical and emotional nightmare. Throughout this period, with his club allowing him as much compassionate leave to return to his wife and son in Spain as he requires, his form on the football pitch has simply soared.

“If, as he has attested, playing the game is one of the few uncluttered moments of freedom from worry he can afford at present; a tiny window of escape in a deeply fraught time for his family, the unfettered way he has played the game this season confirms this.

“Silva’s two goals at Stoke this week helped reclaim a 16-point cushion for City at the top of the Premier League. Both were taken with the kind of aplomb only the game’s top operators can conjure. Timing, awareness of space, positioning and touch all came into play, as the tiny Spaniard finished off two typically beautiful City moves with crisp and unerring finishes.”

Well worth reading the whole piece.

And, on a fairly quiet day for the headline writers, we return to KDB and his desire to win the title in the upcoming Manchester derby next month.

We continue with the Sportskeeda article who report: “Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne wants to win the Premier League title against neighbours Manchester United.

“Champions-elect City are 16 points clear of rivals United following Monday’s comfortable 2-0 victory at lowly Stoke City.

TWO UP: Everything David Silva touches turns to gold.



Monday, March 12, 2018 4:55 PM

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“With the international break looming, City are next in action at Everton on March 31 before welcoming Jose Mourinho’s United to the Etihad Stadium on April 7.

“City can seal their third Premier League trophy and first since 2014 with victory over the Red Devils.

‘I think all of City would like that – to try and win that game for the title,’ said De Bruyne, whose City are also in the quarter-finals of the Champions League. ‘But if it’s not, it’s not.

‘To go to Everton is a very hard game, we know that. They are probably already safe, so we will see.

‘But it seems so long now to that game. I just hope everybody comes back healthy to play the last part.”

We’ll be back tomorrow morning with more of the best City stories from the media world.


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