Manchester City will go head-to-head with Liverpool this evening in a blockbuster fixture of gargantuan importance for both sides.
38-fixture seasons are certainly not decided based on the outcome of a single fixture but defeat for Manchester City this evening would all but end their dream of clinching back-to-back titles. That statement may well appear a tad contradictory on the surface but it’s important to recognise that results which have preceded the upcoming clash have put City in a make or break situation.
Ahead of the game, a common footballing ritual has taken place across multiple media platforms: the choosing of a combined XI featuring players of both City and Liverpool, and it’s one which football pundit Tony Cascarino has partaken in (as published by The Times).
There was only room for four City players in the XI chosen by Cascarino, one of which was 32-year-old maestro David Silva. Indeed, the artistic genius of the diminutive wizard is difficult to ignore and Cascarino rightly selected him before delivering a gushing verdict to justify his selection.
‘Easily the most technically gifted player on the pitch, he pulls the strings for City in the same way that Paul Scholes did for Manchester United and Xavi did for Barcelona. His one and two-touch play is phenomenal.’
Silva initially struggled to adapt to the demands of the Premier League after completing a £24 million move from Valencia in 2010, with his lack of physical presence forcing City supporters to prematurely write him off.
But with every passing game Silva began to find pockets of space to exploit, threading passes through impossibly tight gaps and finding the net on a semi-regular basis.
When Silva opened up his Premier League account by sumptuously curling the ball into the corner of Blackpool’s net on October 17th 2010, one thought suddenly dawned upon star-struck onlookers: size doesn’t matter when you’re as talented as Silva.
Technical quality in its purest form is a gift like no other and Silva’s career is a prime example of how, just as Xavi and Scholes also proved, a lack of physicality is no obstacle to success for the very best players in the game.
Esteemed praise of the nature which Cascarino has heaped upon Silva is thoroughly deserved and a fair reflection of the impact he has made in English football. Now it’s time for him to deliver a masterclass performance to drag City right back into contention for the Premier League title this evening.
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