Silva - Form down to Mancini
David Silva claims Roberto Mancini and his coaching team must take the credit for his scintillating start to the season.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 17/10/11 4:11pm
Manchester City playmaker David Silva claims Roberto Mancini and his coaching team must take the credit for his scintillating start to the season.
The Spain international has starred for club and country this term, justifying City's decision to spend big on his services in the summer of 2010.
Many questioned whether Silva's diminutive frame could handle the rigours of the Premier League, but the 25-year-old is currently in the form of his life.
After watching the former Valencia man put Scotland to the sword in a Euro 2012 qualifier, Mancini suggested that Silva should now be mentioned in the same breath as the world's best players.
The World Cup winner is flattered to hear his manager speak of him in such glowing terms, but insists it is down to the hard work of City's backroom team than he has been able to scale such heights.
"I am very grateful for the comments he has made," Silva said of Mancini.
"But first and foremost I am even more grateful for the faith he has shown in me since I signed for the club.
"It is always very difficult when you are changing countries, changing leagues, changing style of football.
"But now I am in my second season here I feel more settled than ever and I am very happy both on and off the field.
"That is thanks to the man sat next to me (Mancini), his backroom staff and my team-mates.
"Because I am happy off the field I am showing good form on it now."
Next in Silva's sights are Villarreal, with the Primera Liga outfit due at the Ethiad Stadium on Tuesday for the latest round of UEFA Champions League action.
"It is a very important match for us. We have got to get those three points," said Silva, with City having taken just a point from their opening two fixtures in Group A.
"If we don't get those three points there is going to be some distance between us and the teams at the top. It would be very tough after that."
City's sole focus at present is on continental competition, but they know a mouth-watering derby date with Manchester United awaits them in the Premier League on Sunday.
"The weekend is a very important game against Manchester United and we are aware we need the points in that one too because they are right behind us in the league," said Silva, who stepped off the bench in City's 4-1 victory over Aston Villa on Saturday and a standing at the Premier League summit.
"But for now we are just concentrating everything on tomorrow."