Silva: City matches are cup finals

Manchester City schemer David Silva has urged his embattled teammates to treat every remaining fixture from now on as a cup final.

The dynamic trio.

Spanish sensation Silva could only watch his side's Carling Cup first-leg 1-0 semi-final reverse at the hands of Liverpool from the sidelines after being ruled out with an ankle injury.

Wednesday's defeat to the Reds came on the back of City's elimination from the FA Cup following their 3-2 loss at the Etihad Stadium to arch rivals Manchester United on Sunday.

Former Valencia playmaker Silva is now chomping at the bit to regain his fitness and play against Wigan on Monday as City aim to strengthen their grip at the summit of the Barclays Premier League standings.

"Being knocked out of the FA Cup by United was an important moment - we really wanted to try and retain the trophy," Silva was quoted as saying in an article from The Sun.

"And it was a pain watching the Carling Cup defeat on television."

"It was a bad result for us but we could rise above it in the second leg at Anfield. We still have a good chance of making the final."

"One thing is certain: we have failed in two consecutive home matches against big clubs."

"But I do not think these setbacks are that significant or that City are a club in crisis. The season is very long and any club can suffer defeats. Of course our priority is the League."

"We top the table and any one of our rivals would rather be in our position. Even at this stage a three-point advantage is sensational. But from now on we must play every match as though it were a final."

City starlet Silva has been undergoing intense private physiotherapy from his home town of Arguineguin on Gran Canaria.

The midfielder though will first have to convince City tactician Roberto Mancini of his fitness before being allowed to take his place in the side to face Wigan.

"I think that I will be able to play, although the decision rests with the coach. But it's not going to be an easy night," Silva added.

The Spanish World Cup winner is also primed for a pay hike on the back of his outstanding performances for the Eastlands outfit since his switch to England last summer.

City are keen to extend Silva's contract by a further two years.

Silva is mooted to be collecting a cool £150,000 a week and his proposed new deal will see him on par with the biggest beneficiaries such as Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero.



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