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SILVA SERVICE: 'El Mago' returned from injury against Crystal Palace and the media have heaped praise on him for his role in the 5-0 win.

SILVA SERVICE: 'El Mago' returned from injury against Crystal Palace and the media have heaped praise on him for his role in the 5-0 win.

It's the morning after the 5-0 win against Crystal Palace and the press are full of praise for City's number 21.

We start with the Express and they pick out David Silva as the man who helped propel the Blues to the three points.

'El Mago' returned from injury and put in another fantastic performance, as well as opening the scoring to notch his 50th goal for the Club.

Richard Jolly writes: "It was a landmark occasion for David Silva. A special one. But also a very different day. 

"There was the usual Silva service from a man who can pick a hole in defences with pinpoint precision and keep the ball with elegant ease."

Jolly continues: "Three more wins by City and Manchester United cannot deny them a top-four finish. He brought up a half-century of City goals. 

"He got a standing ovation. The darling of the City crowd is overlooked for other honours. He is cherished at the Etihad."

The Manchester Evening News also praised the 31-year old highly and gave him a nine in their player ratings.

Stuart Brennan scribes: "It is not very often you would mark a player so highly when he has only played 67 minutes, but even at less than full fitness, Silva was quite stunning. 

"Add in his creation and finish of the first goal, and it is fully justified."

The praise continues in the Irish Independent with them gushing about Silva's 67-minute show.

Sam Wallace reports: "If the season had gone according to Pep Guardiola's master plan then there would have been more days at the Etihad Stadium that would have looked like this, with David Silva pulling the strings and an opponent beaten with an avalanche of goals.

"Silva left to a standing ovation after 67 minutes having scored the first and run the show on his return from two games away with an ankle injury. He breezed back into the side to show everyone how it was done..."

Completing the praise about City's performance against Palace is the Daily Mail, who pick out City's front five for special acknowledgment. 

Rob Draper writes: "David Silva was scintillating, the leading man, with Kevin de Bruyne a pretty useful supporting actor, and Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane decent understudies. 

"Playing like this, Guardiola's revolutionary zeal doesn't look quite so out of place."

Vincent Kompany wants the Blues to repeat the Palace performance in their final three games of the season.

The 31-year old's quotes appear in the London Evening Standard and he is hoping that City retain their winning form as they look to secure a place in next season's Champions League.

The skipper is quoted as saying: "We wanted to set this chain of home games right and it couldn't have gone any better," the defender said after the win over Palace.

"We need to repeat the performance in the next two game at home.

"If we do that it should put us in a great position going into the final league game away at Watford."

Finally, former City striker Niall Quinn believes that the five-goal thrashing was a 'statement of intent' to the sides surrounding the Blues in the Premier League.

Quinn told Sky Sports: "There is an important set of games coming up and the three points make it even more difficult now for Arsenal and Manchester United to consider getting into that Champions League.

"They are pushing themselves further away and they will be thinking about challenging Liverpool for third.

"They have two home games coming up and the dressing room will be spot on for that.

That's all from today's media round-up, make sure to stick with mancity.com throughout Sunday as we bring you all the reaction from yesterday's superb victory.

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