Barca win would mean mature Man City, says Silva

David Silva believes beating Barcelona would see Manchester City mature as one of Europe’s top teams, Sky Sports has reported.

City host the Catalans at the Etihad Stadium in the second round of the Champions League on Tuesday and while Silva accepts City face a difficult game, he feels the Premier League side can defeat their La Liga opposition and prove their maturity.

“It will be difficult, but beating Barcelona would be like a coming of age for Man City, very important for our confidence and international recognition,” Silva said.

“It is a pity that we are without Sergio Aguero and possibly Fernandinho, who is very important for us in midfield,” he added. “Sometimes we get a bit broken in midfield, there is too much separation between lines when we go forward, and are susceptible to the counter attack.”

Silva went on to say that while City have a strong team, Barca are the favourites to progress to the next stage.

“They have the history, the experience, and the best player in the world in Leo Messi – but of course we have an opportunity.

“We believe in ourselves and in our football,” Silva said. “The key is to keep up the pressure for 90 minutes, to avoid silly mistakes and take advantage of the chances. Against such a good team, you cannot miss them.

“Messi is the best, Xavi is the mind behind everything, Iniesta is the elegance, Valdes the safety, Mascherano is a warrior, Pedro defines very well, Alexis is a fighter, Busquets brings balance to the team.”

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