Silva backs Man City to match Spanish giants

Manchester City attacker David Silva has backed the Premier League leaders to reach the level of Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mail.

Silva said: “Barcelona have won many titles and Madrid have been with the same structure for a long time. At City we are getting there and, if not next year, soon we will be fighting for the Champions League.

City top the Premier League by two points from local rivals Manchester United, while in Spain Real Madrid lead the way from Barcelona with a 10-point advantage.

The Spanish clubs are through to the latter stages of the Champions League, where Madrid and Barcelona face second-legs against CSKA Moscow of Russia and Germany’s Bayer Leverkusen respectively. City meanwhile bowed out of their inaugural Champions League campaign at the group stage, but are through to the last 16 of the Europa League where they will meet Sporting of Portugal.

Having joined City in 2010 from Valencia, Silva has scored 12 goals in his 90 appearances, including seven strikes in 37 games this season. The 26-year-old found the net for Spain against Venezuela on Wednesday, a match the World Cup holders won 5-0.

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