Express: Silva believes Pellegrini has helped his Spain chances
- 12 June 2014 08:00
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for, the World Cup is here!
Similar to Christmas in that the countdown has been on for weeks, we now have a whole month of festivities and can open our first present at 9pm tonight (UK time) when Brazil kick us off against Croatia.
Fernandinho will of course be hoping to be involved, and you can watch an exclusive interview with him right here.
Spain have to wait an extra 24 hours before they get their campaign underway in Friday’s clash with the Netherlands, and David Silva reckons his push for a starting place has been bolstered by City’s attractive style this season under Manuel Pellegrini.
The Express quote the Spaniard as saying: "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."
Silva has been used from the bench in La Roja’s pre-World Cup friendlies, but hopes his versatility could land him a starting role.
He added: "I have played in the second half in the last three games and my approach remains the same - if you have a chance then take it and do all you can. It is what all of us in the squad are doing.
"I played that position in the Azteca [against Mexico] and against Scotland in Alicante. I scored in both those games and I felt comfortable there. Still, it is not a position that I play normally.
"Where I feel most comfortable is behind the striker, where I have played most of this season with my team and Spain. It is where I prefer but with the national team I have played in lots of positions."
Of course, if you’re an England fan Saturday is the all-important date, and there are already plenty of predicted starting XIs flying around.
I’m yet to see one in which Joe Hart doesn’t appear, and former Blues stopper David James doesn’t think that’s a big surprise – he’s named him as one of the top three keepers in the tournament.
James wrote in the Daily Telegraph: “His experiences this year will have helped. The fact that he was dropped at domestic level and got himself back into the team, won the league and performed heroics on occasions for Manchester City, means that he goes into the World Cup full of confidence. It’s like he has shed his old skin and is reformed as a newer, better version of Joe Hart.
“I think as well, with a defender, it is important when you look behind you that you have a presence and Joe Hart has a presence. He is the best English goalkeeper by a country mile.”
Hear, hear David!
Finally, if the World Cup excitement is all just a little bit too much, here’s some transfer gossip to bring you back down to earth with a definite bump.
Writes Chris McKenna: “Jovetic managed only six goals in 18 appearances for the Blues and found himself fourth-choice striker behind Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo.
“Inter want to bring Jovetic back to Italy where he was a success with Fiorentina.
“But City boss Manuel Pellegrini believes Jovetic still has a big part to play for the Premier League champions.”
Well there you go then!
Of course, this is just rumour and speculation – nothing is confirmed until you read it on mcfc.co.uk.
That’s all for today, I’m off to start an hourly countdown until Brazil take to the field….