Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: 'David Silva controls the tempo'

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: 'David Silva controls the tempo'

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola: 'David Silva controls the tempo'

Pep Guardiola's side have been dynamic this season offensively, scoring 83 goals.

Manchester City's Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero during training at the City Football Academy in Manchester March 6, 2018.

It could be done even earlier with the dream scenario for City supporters still on: clinching the crown against United in a Manchester derby at the Etihad Stadium.

City's victory at Stoke came courtesy of two goals from David Silva, whose season has been disrupted because of a family crisis, following the premature birth of his son Mateo in December.

While Guardiola is keen to hang onto the big prospects at City's academy, the Catalan said Spain benefitted in the past when young players moved to England. Despite suffering a 2-1 defeat to Basel in midweek, they cruised to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 5-2 aggregate win.

With nine games remaining in the Premier League season, Stoke are fighting for their Premier League lives.

While Stoke have won just one of their last 10 games, they've lost just once under new manager Paul Lambert in six matches.

But to make that a possibility, they must beat Everton in their next game and Guardiola insists that they have to keep their focus particularly with Champions League quarterfinal games either side of the United clash.

THIS Premier League fixture will be held on Monday, March 12.

Pep Guardiola lavished praise on the Spaniard, adding: 'Normally a player of this quality you think isn't a fighter.

"In the bad moments, I saw how the club reacted and supported me and when I wanted to talk about plans for the future, they were there".

"We want to be champions and it is in our hands". "He is shy, he doesn't speak too much, but on the pitch when the moment is there and the game is on, he is the guy who never hides in tough conditions when the game is not going well".

"I don't like to play on Monday because the weekend, everybody is involved, and when the weekend is over, they are like "the weekend is over", there are no more games, but we have to play".

Twenty years ago these two met in the last match of the 1997-98 season in the second tier of English professional football, known back then, confusingly, as Division One.

Five minutes after the interval, City made the game safe when Jesus's long cross found Silva and Silva brilliantly floated the ball over Butland.

"We have one game before then which will be hard and then we will see".

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