Both midfielders are vital to their teams and the stats from the first round of games suggest that Pjanic has the edge. However, bear in mind Roma took on CSKA Moscow while City were faced with a trip to Bayern Munich.
Pjanic outperformed Silva in nearly every key area based on the first round of games but the one area where Silva is the better performer is arguably the most important; he didn’t give the ball away.
What’s going to be key in the bigger games such as this one is how players protect possession when they’re under pressure.
Silva was also well contained by a disciplined Bayern Munich side while Pjanic enjoyed a lot more freedom to get on the ball and drive at the CSKA defence looking to have an impact on the game.
He’s unlikely to enjoy the same luxury against City, who will try and get Silva onto the ball as quickly as possible.
In short, the Spaniard can be backed to perform and if Pjanic can replicate those numbers against a side as good as City, Roma have one very special player on their books.