Silva’s ‘very happy’ remarks show Manchester City is thriving under Pep

The Spanish midfielder is pleased with his run of form for Manchester City, and it’s clear Pep Guardiola is responsible.

How do Manchester City fans know life is good at the Etihad under Pep Guardiola? It’s remarks like David Silva’s that reveal morale is high in the blue side of Manchester.

In an interview with Marca, Silva confessed, “I have to help in build-up play more often and sacrifice a bit more in defence, and overall I’m very happy since you can tell we’ve got off to a good start with Manchester City.”

Good start indeed. City has taken a full nine points in three games in the Premier League and qualified in decisive fashion for the Champions League group stage at the expense of overmatched Steaua Bucharest. Silva was the one who broke the dam, scoring first in the early minutes of the tie. A torrent of goals followed in what turned out to be a 6-0 thrashing in two matches against the Romanian side. The Spaniard also was instrumental in City’s 3-1 win against West Ham United. Moreover, his good form carried over to the international break, and he netted two goals against Belgium, no pushover, in Spain’s 2-0 victory this weekend.

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Nor is Silva’s embrace’s of his deeper lying role in the midfield the only example of the good times at Manchester City. The revivals of Aleksandar Kolarov and Raheem Sterling are other examples. Sterling, who last season looked like £49 million bust, is now a nightmare on the wing for opposing defenses, while Guardiola has deployed Kolarov at full back to noticeable effect. Likewise, holding midfielder Fernandinho has proven himself amenable to Guardiola and become an indispensable cog at the heart of the City machine. Last but not least, concerns about John Stones’ readiness as a defender seem overstated, as the young English center half has showed poise and overcame every challenge sent his way thus far.

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In summary, there are signs everywhere Guardiola is exactly what the doctor ordered for City. The players’ improvement and joy playing under the Catalan prove it.

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