'Huge competitor' David Silva can still put family first, says Pep Guardiola

  • 'Huge competitor' David Silva can still put family first, says Pep Guardiola

'Huge competitor' David Silva can still put family first, says Pep Guardiola

"His body language is silent, he doesn't say many things but on the pitch but he always makes a step forward and that's what's so important". "Today, the players are off, so I don't exactly know the situation".

Happily, the baby is out of the danger now and Silva will be in the team to play Stoke on Monday night although he has been given permission to miss the squad's trip to meet the club's owner Sheikh Mansour in Abu Dhabi this week. "Hopefully he can sort it as soon as possible, his lovely kid can grow and grow and he can stay with us all day".

City sources have said it is because they have been advised by their safety advisory group to limit the away allocation to 2,800, similar to what happened when Feyenoord visited in the Champions League in November.

Silva is considered one of the greatest players in City's history, playing a key role in Premier League title triumphs in the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons. That means a lot to me.

"David is a guy with a lot of technical skills and this league is so complicated because of the physicality and the weather conditions but he survives; he's been one of the best players in England for a long time now", the manager added.

"He is a huge competitor".

Raheem Sterling and Fernandinho could both return from hamstring injuries, while Fabian Delph is also in contention to feature at bet365 Stadium. Even if he believes he is strong he is not strong enough. But of course, it's so important he came back.

"I don't like to play on Monday because the weekend, everybody is involved, and when the weekend is over, they are like "the weekend is over", there are no more games, but we have to play". The bad news is that Stoke are going up against not only the best team in England, but arguably the best team in Europe right now. The knee is going well, so maybe we can start to think about giving him the first 20 minutes in a game.

"We can not forget Gundogan played in the past month a lot of games".

Stoke have played to successive draws with Brighton (1-1), Leicester (1-1) and Southampton (0-0) in their last three games. "Then it is best to play one game and rest for two because after six months you have to be careful to avoid a muscular injury".