By 90Min
March 13, 2018

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola lauded David Silva having netted both goals in the Citizens' 2-0 win over Stoke City in the Premier League on Monday night, describing the Spaniard as 'perfect'.

Speaking to Sky Sports in his post-match interview at the Bet365 Stadium, Guardiola waxed lyrical of his midfield maestro, stating the Spanish international had confounded his doubters that he was more than just a technical footballer.

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He said: "He [Silva] controlled the tempo perfect. Normally the people say how his skills, his technical ability and after that he cannot be aggressive a competitor...and he has balls..."

The former Valencia man now in his eighth season in Manchester has had another excellent season in the English top-flight, having scored eight goals and made nine assists this term, despite personal issues off the field in recent months.

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As City close in on the league title - potentially against their arch rivals Manchester United in few a weeks time - Silva has been one of many pivotal cogs in the Citizen machine this campaign.

Up until now, the 32-year-old former World Cup and European Championship winner had more largely been regarded for his superior skill on the ball added to his high level of technical discipline, but a part of Guardiola's high-pressing set-up, Silva has now shown he has the physicality for the Premier League also, which his manager is keen to emphasize.

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"In the bad moments always there," said Guardiola. "He controlled the game how have to play quick, have more control. I think the mix with Gundo and Kevin [De Bruyne] they are more and more aggressive, more attacking with runs in behind so that helps us a lot to control the games."

With City out of the FA Cup and their league game postponed, City now head off to Dubai for a warm weather training camp, before reconvening in a fortnight's time away to Everton.

If they pick up full points against the Toffees - providing the Red Devils beat Swansea also - Ciy can then wrap up the title at home to their former noisy neighbours at the Etihad on April 7. 

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