David Silva: How Pellegrini has readied me for World Cup

Manchester City's playmaking Spaniard David Silva explains why Mauricio Pellegrini is so important to his playing style.

David Silva has been a formidable player for Manchester City since his transfer from Valencia after the 2010 World Cup.

Dubbed 'Merlin' for his incredible vision and passing ability Silva has been in wonderful form for the champions this season helping them to win the Premier League for the second time in their history.

His form gives Spain boss Vicente Del Bosque the unenviable decision of deciding whether Silva, or whoever else in his vast array of attacking talent deserves to start in the 2010 World Cup winners' opening game against the Netherlands tomorrow evening.

The small Spaniard thinks the playing style of his Chilean domestic boss Mauricio Pellegrini has allowed him to become even more appreciated at club level and on the international stage.

He told Spanish newspaper Marca: "I am not sure if I’m playing my best, I have had some very good years but we are playing some good football at City.

“Pellegrini becoming coach has worked out very well. We have scored a lot of goals and it is crucial for my game to play his style of football. For that reason, I think people appreciate me more.” 

  TeamPosmins / Goal Assistmins / Successful Final Third PassesAppsMins
David Silva Man City MF 241.44 2.88 27 2,173

The stats make is clear that Silva has certainly improved under the stewardship of Pellegrini. In the former Malaga man's debut season as City boss Silva made an assist every 241 minutes, and made a successful final third pass every 2.88 minutes.

  TeamPosmins / Goal Assistmins / Successful Final Third PassesAppsMins
David Silva Manchester City MF 315.13 3.26 32 2,521

Compare this to the playmaker's stats in Roberto Mancini's final year in charge and there is quite a difference in the Spaniard's performances. It seems that Pellegrini's free-flowing passing game has allowed Silva to be more expressive and enabled him to create more chances for his teammates as well as himself.

His performances this season surely make him Spain's number one, if not then number two playmaker, possibly behind Andres Iniesta who possesses a similar style to Silva. You certainly wouldn't want to be the man to tell some of Spain's world class playmakers they not in the starting 11 or squad. 

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