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“Guardiola is a footballing genius,” says David Silva

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is a pure “footballing genius” and sees things before they even happen, says David Silva

Under Guardiola’s watchful eye, City have become a formidable force in English football and broke nine records on their way to the Premier League title last season.

The Citizens finished 19 points ahead of nearest challengers Manchester United and became the first team to ever break the 100-point barrier.

And Silva believes that Guardiola has given City a new lease of life.

“Pep Guardiola sees things before they happen and that’s an advantage – a massive plus,” Silva told the BBC.

“It’s like he explains it to you and you grasp it straight away. Something that I’d never seen before. And this goes for all areas: from the keeper through to the striker.

“In the past, some of my trainers had focused more on attack, others more on defence – but he covers the whole pitch.

“I think I’ve learned to be more patient on the pitch; I used to move around a lot and wanted to be all over the place.

“He’s taught me to stick to a more determined zone and wait for the ball to get to me to give us the upper hand. So, yes, I’ve improved in that sense.

“He’s a footballing genius.”

Silva has started three of City’s four league matches this season and netted a superb free-kick in their 6-1 thrashing of Huddersfield on August 19.