David Silva Adamant Manchester City Can Still Overtake Chelsea FC


I wish this were an article relaying the immanent move of David Silva from Manchester City to Chelsea, that the assist machine will be coming to play with his compatriots at Stamford Bridge, but alas, the creative maestro is staying put.

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Silva has been sounding off about City’s Premier League title hopes and the Spaniard firmly believes that they still have a great chance of finishing top of the table at the season’s end. Before City’s Super Sunday clash with Arsenal — and subsequent loss to the Gunners — Silva emphasized the importance of remaining focused:

"We are right on Chelsea’s heels but we know that we can’t slip up many more times as they are a great side. In my experience from my time here at the club, the two titles we won, we were trailing United by eight points I think and we won the league. Last year too, we were behind Liverpool and we won it in the end."

The Citizens currently sit in second place and five points behind Chelsea. The two will be squaring off for the second time this season on January 31st, this time at the Bridge. It will be a huge fixture in the title race as Southampton are the next closest in third place with 52 points.

To David Silva though, Chelsea’s point cushion might as well be thin air:

"“I think this league is entirely different to any other and you’re always in with a chance until the very end.”"

The diminutive midfield has a good point. In both 2011-12 and 2013-14 City had to fight back in spectacular fashion to win the title over Manchester United and Liverpool, respectively — but none of us really thought Liverpool would actually win.

Silva himself has been in scintillating form this season amassing eight goals and six assists this so far; his eight goals have been scored in only 11 attempts on target. Since 2010, Silva has led the Premier League in assists with 41 to his name.

Yet, even the World Cup winner may not be enough to save his team this season. City had drawn level with Chelsea at the beginning of the year but have since drawn one and lost another, while the Blues look to have emphatically put the Tottenham game behind them with strong wins over Newcastle and Swansea, as well as Watford in the FA Cup.

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To City’s benefit, Chelsea will have an extremely congested fixture list from now until the two clash at the end of this month. Two legs against Liverpool in the Carling Cup and a FA Cup tie vs Bradford are on Chelsea’s docket, while City need only entertain Middlesboro in their own FA Cup match-up during the same period of time. This could play a significant role leading up to the 31st and it will be interesting to see the amount of rotation Jose Mourinho decides on these next few weeks.

In good news, Cesar Azpilicueta is set to return to training this week and should be fit in time for Manchester City, although Filipe Luis has filled in extremely well.

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