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Pep Guardiola explains reason behind David Silva’s drop against Chelsea

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has revealed that he wanted more energy and physicality in the midfield against Chelsea and this contributed towards the decision to drop David Silva to the bench. The former Spain international had started in the previous two league games against Arsenal and Everton respectively but he had to adjust to a bench role against the West London giants.

Speaking in the post-match press conference, Guardiola explained: “Sometimes lately I don’t play Kevin or Sergio (Aguero), it’s what I believe is the right decision. I see the opponents, it’s difficult to choose. Dropping Gundo is difficult because of the rhythm he and Kevin have in that situation. Today I thought it was demanding, physically. It was a good decision. He (Silva) played the last two games and was key. Especially in the second half at Goodison. We have a lot of games and we’ll try to have everyone involved.”

“Despite dropping Silva to the bench, the Citizens had a relatively comfortable game“ against the FA Cup holders and they took a comfortable 4-0 lead within the opening 30 minutes of the clash. Thereafter, the reigning champions continued to dominate the proceedings without much fuss and they eventually added two more goals in the second half to hand the Blues their worst-ever defeat in “the Premier league era.“

The Mancunian giants will now shift their attention to the fifth round of the FA cup where they are scheduled to face League Two side Newport County on the road. Guardiola is likely to make a few changes to the starting line-up and this may witness the likes of Leroy Sane, Riyad Mahrez and Gabriel Jesus featuring from the off. Thereon, the Premier League leaders will be in European action against Schalke 04 during the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 stage.

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