79 touches, 4 shots: Manchester City playmaker stars on international duty

Manchester City’s David Silva was influential as Spain defeated Ukraine 1-0.

Manchester City’s David Silva put his club’s rather disappointing Premier League campaign behind him as he turned on the style during Spain’s 1-0 win over Ukraine.

The Citizens star has plenty of competition in the Spanish set-up as boss Vicente Del Bosque has an enviable array of world class attacking options to pick from.

For the visit of Ukraine, the 2012 European champions are still in the midst of a transitional period and for long periods, especially in the second-half, they represented a team on edge.

That said, in possession they were a delight as always, as Barcelona’s Andres Iniesta, Atletico Madrid’s Koke and City’s Silva combined well and created numerous opportunities.

  ShotsKey PassesTouchesAccurate PassesPass Success %Was FouledMins Played
David Silva 4 3 79 66 81.8% 4 90

As per the table above, City’s playmaker was an influential figure as La Roja looked to add to Alvaro Morata’s early goal and take the game away from their fellow European opponents.

The former Valencia idol took a total of 79 touches and completed 66 accurate passes with a success rate of 81.8% - incidentally among his side’s lowest tallies.

Nonetheless, Silva was tasked with carving open a stubborn opposition backline and up against an apparent yellow wall, he managed to record four shots and three key passes.

The majority of the match was played in Spain’s final third and this can be illustrated by Silva’s lack of defensive contributions, making just one tackle and one interception.

With the likes of Santi Cazorla and Spain’s current golden boy Isco itching to get on, City’s star player nevertheless did enough to warrant playing the entire 90 minutes.

Up next for the Spaniards is an away friendly against World Cup nemesis Holland and the chance to exact some revenge following their humiliating 5-1 defeat to the Dutch in Brazil last summer.

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