David Silva has urged Manchester City teammates to give Manuel Pellegrini a special send-off by adding another title to the Capital One Cup crown before the arrival of "great" Pep Guardiola. The Spanish international playmaker admits that the future manager's passion for the passing games suits "perfect" to his own skills but claiming that the Mancunians still have much job to do for the current boss in order to fight for the Premier League and the Champions League.
The Premier League giants beat Liverpool in the League Cup final on Sunday (28 February) to give Pellegrini his third title since his arrival to the Etihad Stadium in the summer of 2013, having won already the title and as well the Premier League in his debut season at the club. During the last two seasons City and Chelsea used the midseason League Cup title as a boss to clinch the double with the league title at the end of the campaign
Silva believes that Pellegrini's side could replicate the same luck despite they are nine points away Leicester, pointing out that in 2012 and 2014 City also need to come from behind to take the Premier League title.
"The Capital One Cup crown is going to give us confidence for the remainder of the season and hopefully we can finish well. We've won three titles since the arriving of Pellegrini and we hope to fight for more in the last part of the season. Hopefully he can take another one," Silva said to IBTimes UK after the win over Liverpool.
"Premier League is difficult because we lost against two of our big rivals (Leicester and Tottenham) at home but we will fight until the end for the title. In the other two leagues that I won at City were also far from the top at this point and then clinch the title. We have to focus in our own job, going game by game and hopefully we can reach the final weeks with options to win the title."
The Premier League giants are also in contention to win their first Champions League ever after all but securing the qualification to the quarter final with a 3-1 victory at Dynamo Kiev. Silva believes City have proved they are now "more mature" to fight for the European trophy but insists there is still a long way to go to the final.
"We did a great match in Kiev but in football you never know. We'll have to be very careful in the return leg. In recent seasons we had very difficult opponents in the last 16 draws. The team now is more mature as we proved in Kiev.
The Champions League will be surely on the target list of Guardiola once he took over at Manchester City in the summer. Silva admits that he is eager to work with the former Barcelona boss as his passing game philosophy fits like a glove in a hand to his tiki-taka own skills.
"I try to adapt to what the manager asks me. Guardiola loves having the ball and that is perfect for my conditions, the Spaniard said. "He is a great manager, everyone knows that and I'm sure he will do very well here."