Manchester City will have the chance to get their revenge over Barcelona on Wednesday night, as the Catalan side visit The Etihad, just two weeks after they cruised to a 4-0 victory over Pep Guardiola’s men.
One man that the Blues will be looking to fire them to victory is David Silva. The Spaniard enjoyed a fine first half at the Camp Nou, but struggled to impose himself on the game after Claudio Bravo was sent off.
Silva has shed some light on how City will approach Wednesday’s game, indicating that the Blues won’t try to do too much differently, and instead will try to eradicate the individual errors which cost City so dearly in Spain.
“We knew that it would be difficult at Camp Nou,” he said.
“I believe that we were playing well until the red card. Even the first goal was a slip. We were playing well, but in the game if you slip and then get a red card, that makes its mark. I believe that until that moment we were playing well.”
Getting back on track
Silva also spoke out about City’s recent run of poor form, a run which was of course ended on Saturday with a convincing 4-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
“It was time to end that run,” he added. “I believe that we have had bad luck in some games, we have missed some chances, and also missing two penalties in one game. That’s football. Now we have ended the run and we are happy.
“I think the dressing room has been fine, it’s been more united than ever. We are doing things well but they weren’t turning out as we wanted. In key moments we have made mistakes and it’s not that we were doing badly, it’s just that we have made mistakes, and in the big games those details are decisive. We have to learn from that.
“As well as the individual errors at the back, we missed two penalties, that’s decisive, too. We’ve also not been able to find the last pass and that’s also been important. I believe that across the season things like that are going to happen. As soon as you can put an end to those [bad runs], the better.”