Late Silva goal extends City’s winning run

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 05 Dec 2017 10:24:45



DAVID Silva scored a late goal as runaway leaders Manchester City won their 13th successive Premier League game and restored their eight-point lead with a 2-1 victory against West Ham United on Sunday.
Silva converted Kevin de Bruyne’s brilliant pass from close range in the 83rd minute as City maintained their blistering form this season.

Nicolas Otamendi had converted substitute Gabriel Jesus’s cross in the 57th minute to equalise after defender Angelo Ogbonna had headed West Ham into the most unlikely lead at the end of a first half in which the hosts dominated.
In winning their 13th successive Premier League match, City equalled the record held by both Arsenal and Chelsea.
“It was difficult, teams seem to come here and get every man behind the ball, not interested in anything but parking the bus,” City midfielder Fabian Delph told Sky Sports.

“But we have players like David Silva in the team, so we knew if we kept going we’d get our chances. We knew we had to be patient, we came out flying in the second half, we tried to explain to the boys we still had time and then we started to relax a bit more and found those spaces.
“We want to win the derby but we are taking it each game at a time.”

After rivals United beat Arsenal 3-1 on Saturday to cut their lead to five points, City needed to win against relegation-threatened West Ham to restore their comfortable lead ahead of next weekend’s trip to Old Trafford.
As expected, City dominated possession but the mass ranks of West Ham defenders frustrated their array of attacking players and disrupted the rhythm of their intricate, threaded passes.

Surprisingly, it was West Ham who came closest to opening the scoring when Michail Antonio stretched to fire a close-range volley over the top.
Not until the 26th minute did goalkeeper Adrian make his first meaningful save, pushing Silva’s deflected shot over the crossbar.

Manuel Lanzini drew a save from Ederson 10 minutes later before out-of-sorts City failed to deal with a corner—as they did in last weekend’s victory at Huddersfield Town—with Ogbonna’s downward header evading Ederson.
Happy to have my own ‘Fergie time’, says Guardiola


MANCHESTER City head coach Pep Guardiola is happy to have his own version of “Fergie time” after Manchester City again scored a late winner to clinch a win over West Ham United.
City, top of the table with 43 points from 15 matches, have won their last three games in the final seven minutes of the 90.

David Silva got the crucial goal against West Ham United to help his team make it 13 straight league victories.
“I heard about ‘Fergie time.’ I was not here in that period, but of course you have to have that,” he was quoted as saying by espnfc. “What we show in the last games is we never give up. The opponent doesn’t want to play. They just want to defend—I understand, I am not judging, don’t misunderstand me—but it is difficult, they use the counter-attack and set pieces,” Guardiola added.

The Catalan tactician said he was surprised by Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba’s recent comments that he would like City’s players to pick up some injuries. Pogba picked up a straight red against Arsenal as United won 3-1 the other day and will miss the Manchester Derby.
“Did he say that? Hopefully no one will be injured,” Guardiola said.

“I would like that Paul could play against us because I like to face the team with the best players possible to see if we are able to beat them. I’m pretty sure he doesn’t want other players to get injured.”
Before the derby, City travel to Ukraine to face Shakhtar Donetsk in their final Champions League group game.
Guardiola vowed to play a strong team, saying City owed it to Napoli to compete because the Italian side could still progress if his side won.

“I said to the guys, anyone who doesn’t want to play against Donetsk tell me now please because I am going to prepare the game to win,” he added.
“For the respect of Shakhtar, for the respect of Napoli, for the respect of the competition and because it’s a big opportunity to win 18 points for the prestige of the club.
“The best way to prepare for United, Tottenham and Swansea is to play good against Shakhtar.”