MANCHESTER, England – David Silva, the Spanish midfielder who plays for English club Manchester City, has said after Tuesday’s 1-2 first-leg defeat to Barcelona that they came out from the game and that they must play like they did in the second half of the match.
“The result is not so bad if we see how the game began. We were doing nothing right and we allowed two goals. Later we managed to get our act together and made it 1-2, but the red card killed us,” said Silva at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
“In the second half, we had chances to equalize the game, although we could have also lost by more goals with the penalty that they didn’t convert,” he added.
Reigning English Premier League champion Manchester City’s Tuesday defeat to Barcelona, which has had a great run in the first half of the Champions League, has set up another match between the two teams in three weeks.
“After seeing how the game went, we can say that we came out alive. Now we have to keep our cool and think about the league. We must correct the mistakes we made today,” explained the midfielder.
“We failed to press in the first half. They scored and we wanted to do things too quickly and we rushed. However, in the second half, we recovered and had chances to equalize,” the player mused.
“With this bad result, we have to go to Barcelona and play the attack, pressing much more,” he added.
When asked about the absence of the Ivorian Yaya Toure, who has ended his three-match ban after his expulsion in the match against CKSA Moscow, Silva said that although he was an important player, the City’s lineup had a lot of depth.
“It’s true that Yaya is an important player for us, but we have a long lineup and when one player doesn’t play, we have others to do so,” he concluded.