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Silva: We are hitting top form at the right time

THE MAGICIAN: David Silva weaves his way forward at the Stadium of Light.

THE MAGICIAN: David Silva weaves his way forward at the Stadium of Light.

​David Silva believes Man City are clicking into top gear at just the right time following Sunday’s impressive 2-0 Premier League win away at Sunderland.

Goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane secured a fourth straight league win for Pep Guardiola’s men, and a tenth league win away from home this season,  lifting the Blues up into third place in the table.

Man City are now unbeaten in nine games in all competitions and with crucial league, FA Cup and Champions League fixtures all looming over the next 10 days, David Silva says City have hit a rich vein of form as the season enters its business end.

"We have to believe,” said the Spanish midfielder. "We know the last two or three months are the most important part of season.

“We’re in a good moment."

Immediately after the final whistle, Guardiola was seen animatedly talking over the game with Silva as the pair left the field.

And Silva – who was again captain for the day - says the City manager’s quest to help his players to keep improving is just what he and his colleagues need as they push for success on three fronts.

"We need that," David Silva said. "To keep the intensity high. He's always behind us and pushing us. It's good for the team and you have to do that."

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Guardiola plotting £115m triple swoop?

THE BOSS: Pep Guardiola surveys the situation

You wouldn’t know it was matchday for Man City with the amount of transfer gossip flying around…

This afternoon’s trip to Sunderland comes secondary to the rumours of potential incomings and outgoings, according to the morning papers.

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Guardiola: Bravo's passing ability is key

PASS MASTER: Pep Guardiola believes Claudio Bravo's passing ability is key to his side's success

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has praised Claudio Bravo’s distribution and described the Chilean’s performance against Huddersfield in the FA Cup as “a masterpiece”.

Guardiola, who believes a key part of a goalkeeper’s remit is to be comfortable on the ball, was hugely impressed with the quality and variety of Bravo’s passing against David Wagner’s side.