Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola called David Silva “one of the best I’ve ever seen” after the captain starred in his 400th club appearance.
As seen on countless occasions over the last nine years, Silva produced yet another composed and assured performance in the City midfield at Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon.
With Rodri and Fernandinho benched, the Spaniard took centre-stage by picking up two impressive assists. The first one came in the first-half, where he split the Bournemouth defence open to help Raheem Sterling double City’s lead.
Silva later produced some brilliant play to enable Sergio Aguero to score his second goal of the game in the 64th-minute, and the 400th of the Argentine’s career.
While VAR ruling out a second-half penalty cost Silva a perfect ending, it took nothing away from the 33-year-old’s man of the match performance.
“He played incredibly well,” Guardiola told BBC.
“David, in this kind of game – with a defence so deep and with such few spaces – is so good. He’s one of the best players I’ve ever seen.
“What can I say? Everyone knows David. He moves between the lines like no one else in the world, he is a fighter.”
In a day full of milestones, Kevin De Bruyne also entered the history books by becoming the fastest Premier League player to reach 50 assists.
Another high-flyer at the moment for City is Sterling, who has now taken his tally up to five league goals in just three matches.
“We didn’t create so many chances, but Raheem is still scoring goals, which is good for us,” added Guardiola.
The Premier League champions will hope Silva and co continue their rich rein of form in next Saturday’s home match against Brighton.