Pep Guardiola and midfield ace David Silva addressed the press in Naples this evening ahead of Manchester City’s big Champions League Group F tie with Napoli tomorrow.
Silva addressed the media in English, something of a rarity from the Spaniard. And he expressed his desire to win the UEFA Champions League in what’s left of his Man City career.
“It would be amazing to win the Champions League” he said. “I pray every night to win the Champions League with City. Hopefully we can win it this year.
“We are playing well in all the lines. From the goalkeeper on, you can see it in every game.
“Napoli is a really good team. We have to try tomorrow to keep the high intensity, that is how we win the game.”
‘Merlin’ as he is affectionately known wants to ensure he has spent a full decade at Manchester City and spoke about a new deal.
“We are still talking. I hope that I can sign soon because I want to be here to play for City for 10 years.”
Pep Guardiola couldn’t hide his admiration for Silva, who wears the captain’s armband for City in Vincent Kompany’s absence.
“I believe it is impossible to play good if the ball doesn’t pass in the middle. David is a master.
“Silva is a legend for the club. It would have been amazing to have taken him at Barcelona but he was too expensive!”
City could play for a draw tomorrow and advance to the knockout stage of the Champions League, but Pep Guardiola isn’t Jose Mourinho and Man City are now the great entertainers of Mancunian football. Guardiola’s philosophy is always “play to win” and it will be no different tomorrow in the heated cauldron that is the Stadio San Paolo.
“Why would we play for a draw when we can go for a win?” the Catalan boss said.
“The more we play these games, the better future we will have. This will give us a good indication of where we are up to.
“Tomorrow we will suffer at times like we have never suffered before. I’m going to see how we are going to react. It will be a challenge”
Pep is happy with the season so far – it’s impossible not to be really, with his team unbeaten. But if last year proved anything, it’s not to get too excited, too early, something the boss is all too aware of.
“I am so, so happy. How we win, how we fight without the ball. It is a process. We are still far away because it is only October.”