Silva eyes top-four finish
David Silva believes a top-four finish would be good for Man City although he has not given up hope of the title.
Last Updated: 09/02/11 8:36am
Manchester City's David Silva believes a top-four finish would be good for the club although he has not given up hope of the title.
Ambitions are high at Eastlands and despite an improved campaign, Roberto Mancini's side look to have dropped too many points to compete for top spot come May.
However, all that could change with success over arch-rivals and league leaders Manchester United this weekend, but for now City remain on the outside looking in.
They missed out on fourth spot to Tottenham last time around and Silva, in his debut season for City, believes securing a top-four finish this time around would be a good season.
Silva loved his time with former club Valencia and he is fully focused on helping bring success to City.
"A good first season for me would be to qualify for the Champions League or to win a trophy," he said. "We will fight for the league title all the way and try to win the other competitions but the target is to finish in the top four.
"Within two or three years it will be normal for City to be playing in the Champions League every year, so I hope we can be on a par and challenge the best clubs around the world.
"I enjoyed six years at Valencia, they discovered me as a footballer and they will always be a special club for me. But the time was right to seek a new challenge and I am thrilled about how things have gone so far.
"The league here is one of the best in the world and I desperately want to bring success to City and win trophies.
"It's true that the game here is a lot faster than in the Spanish league. La Liga is more tactical - we like to move the ball around quickly and pass often - but in England they like to fight and run hard.
"One thing is for certain, over the last few years City's image has grown massively in Spain. The project here is getting more important with every year. It's very exciting that I'm now part of it."
Silva has been an astute signing for City and star striker Carlos Tevez labelled the Spanish playmaker as one of the club's top acquisitions.
"David is the best signing we have made," said Tevez. "He is the type of player who can win you the game. He can provide you with the sort of pass that puts you through one-on-one with the goalkeeper.
"He has freshened up the team and brought a new dimension. We have the players here. The thing we need to do is build the team that the people and all of us want to see.
"It's always a big source of motivation to play alongside great players like David, Edin Dzeko and Mario Balotelli. We have a forward line that can do a lot of damage to opposing teams."