The 25-year-old Spain midfielder has sparkled for Roberto Mancini’s men this season, pulling the strings in midfielder in City’s 6-1 demolition of Manchester United at Old Trafford and netting four goals so far this term.
And Silva, whose side take on Villarreal in Spain in the Champions League on Wednesday, insists Premier League table-toppers City are now focused on reproducing their impressive domestic form in Europe’s elite club competition.
“We might be rookies in the Champions League but our mission is to take our good league form into Europe and show we can be happy there too,” Silva told the Sun.
“Speaking for myself, I am enjoying my best form ever Â— including my time with Valencia. I am the same person as last season but, as a footballer, I have matured a lot. I know the City style better and have adapted to all aspects of club life.
“My English is more fluent and this always helps in communicating with my team-mates. In my early days here, I suffered a lot of anxiety over this.”
Silva revealed that wild celebrations took place in the City dressing room after their thrashing of derby rivals United – but he insists the league leaders will not get carried away after that result.
“As for our victory over United, that was incredible,” he continued. “Of course, our challenge was to win the game. Yet nobody believed it would be 6-1. It was an historic day, one that will be remembered for years.
“The dressing room was full of celebration, though we are calm about our situation. There is a very long way still to go and we haven’t won the title yet. But five points difference has dealt United a blow to their morale and made it hard for them.
“Our win over them showed we are the team to beat in England and we have shown that we can become champions.”
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