David Silva hails City’s battling spirit

Manchester City playmaker David Silva has stated that his side have a fighting spirit that can lead them to silverware this season.

A 1-0 battling win over Arsenal on Sunday keeps the Etihad Stadium outfit on top of the Premier League table, two points ahead of cross-town rivals United.

The game was overshadowed by a training ground spat between Mario Balotelli and Micah Richards, but the Spain international feels that incidents like this show the side’s fighting spirit.

“Stuff like that, you can always turn into a positive for the team,” he told Mirror Football.

“Everyone is going at it 100 per cent in training, and stuff like that can happen. But we are very united and there is a great team spirit out on the field.

“I don’t get involved [in training-ground scraps] because I’m very cool-headed and calm.

“You have to respect everyone’s character but I try to keep a back seat view of everything and stay calm,” he stated.

Silva knows that Sir Alex Ferguson’s men will push City right to the end of the season, and the attacking midfielder is hoping the current leaders can keep up their winning form.

“We’re aware that United are going to be pushing us all the way but we have to focus on ourselves,” he added.

“We have to keep on the road we have been on up to now, keep our own affairs in order and the rest will look after itself.

“At the moment it’s United just behind us, but others will be gathering towards the end of the season. To keep the gap as it is, we have to keep winning our games,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight