Silva Doubtful For Manchester Derby, City Not UCL Favourites — Guardiola

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It doesn't work like that. The centrepiece of that run was a seismic 6-1 victory away to defending champions Manchester United in the October, which was their derby foes' worst home defeat since February 1955.

Angelo Ogbonna's opener for West Ham came directly from a corner, as did the goal that City conceded against Huddersfield last week, while Southampton troubled them from set pieces during the week. It was a difficult six months [for Silva], dealing with tough tackles and people targeting him because they thought he's not used to that.

And that is when we will really see the true quality and persistence of Pep's side.

"These kind of things happen in Barcelona", said Guardiola. With 14 wins and a single draw from their first 15 games, the Sky Blues are a whopping eight points clear of United in second place.

After facing the Hammers, City do have some testing encounters approaching. They have even started leaking goals. Leading the way is Otamendi (1,256), just to illustrate how City build from the back.

Follow the stars and start making more informed bets with StrataBet. A force of imperishable self-belief, late winners were synonymous with Fergie's United. Often, these eight men were on the periphery of their own penalty box, such was City's dominance.

It's testament to boss Pep Guardiola and his side's mental strength that it keeps happening.

"But I was not saying [on Match of the Day] they are as good as City, because based on the consistent levels of performances this season so far, they have not been".

Silva scored City's winner against West Ham on Sunday.

Speaking at a pre-match media conference, Guardiola said: "Kevin De Bruyne is suspended and David Silva has a little problem".

It leaves this weekend's Manchester derby fascinatingly poised.

Sometimes, the ball would be shifted to Raheem Sterling on the right of the attacking three.

"We made a test after the game and I don't know if he is able to play on Sunday, so that's why he stayed there, to recover in Manchester".

"We will see tomorrow in the training sessions what we will do".

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