David Silva: I have to sacrifice more for Pep at Manchester City

Currently starring for Spain on international duty, David Silva has been discussing life as a veteran in the national team and also the new regime at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola.

Silva scored a brace for Spain against Belgium and looks to be a key player for new boss Julen Lopetegui, just as he has been for many seasons at City now.

Talking to Marca about his role as one of the older players in the national team nowadays, Silva said:

“I feel very important, at ease, like a veteran player that has to help the talented youngsters.

“I’ve always felt comfortable with my role at the national team, where we continue to win because we work so hard.”

And what about life under Pep Guardiola? Silva revealed that he is having to work hard under the Catalan coach, but it seems to have rejuvenated him along with several others who were not at their best last season.

“I have to help in build-up play more often and sacrifice a bit more in defense, and overall I’m very happy since you can tell we’ve gotten off to a good start with Manchester City.”

Spain face minnows Liechtenstein on Monday and Silva could add to his two goals already on international duty, before returning to Manchester to prepare for the derby.

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