Sparkling Silva earns Manchester City precious victory

Elena Summers
October 3, 2018

When asked by reporters if he wants City to win the Champions League to complete Silva's list of honours at the highest level, the Spaniard replied : "I think everyone deserves to win it".

Both Manchester City and Juventus secured victories in the early UEFA Champions League kick offs on Tuesday evening. The Van Dijk-Joe Gomez partnership is looking solid and the full backs are also playing a part by looking strong defensively, as well as contributing in attack by driving forward.

The away win was thoroughly deserved as City were finally rewarded for their patience after dominating a determined Hoffenheim defence for long spells. Will Dejan Lovren remain happy being out of the side?

Whatever formation they select, City can be expected to win when you match the two sides on paper.

Just before the hour mark, Ederson was saved from a moment of madness by Sane. It's a great question, and so hard to give a clear answer, as it's so even.

" I am not interested in that, I don't need to know what Paul Scholes said".

On the flanks, for me, I would play Leroy Sane and Riyad Mahrez, giving Raheem Sterling a rest for the upcoming Premier League fixture. He won five and lost none of those meetings (D1), scoring two or more goals on each occasion.

Hoffenheim's home debut in the Champions League group stages started perfectly for the high-flying "village club" who have come so far so quickly in the Bundesliga, with Algerian Belfodil latching on to a neat through ball from Kerem Demirbay to slot home.

There is still plenty of action to follow in Group F and there is now a realistic chance of City winning the group, but will have to work hard against three sides that have already shown how capable they are.

"I think his mouth is out of control and I think he's embarrassing the club".

Speaking after the game against Hoffenheim, Guardiola singled out Silva for praise, expressing his belief that the midfielder is one of the best in the business.

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