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David Silva: 'When I play for Manchester City I forget about off-field problems'

Silva: 'Man City form helping off-field issues'
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David Silva opens up about the premature birth of his son, but insists that playing for Manchester City takes his mind off things.

Manchester City midfielder David Silva has opened up about his difficult time off the pitch, but has revealed how the title race has taken his mind off things.

The 32-year-old Spaniard has been instrumental in keeping his team well above their Premier League rivals, scoring both goals in Monday's 2-0 win over Stoke City to keep Pep Guardiola's side 16 points ahead of Manchester United at the top of the table.

However, Silva has been going through a difficult time outside of football, only recently returning after being granted leave following the premature birth of his son Mateo in December.

"When I play football I forget everything," Silva told reporters. "It's good for me to play. I know in my private life it is not a very happy moment, but my son is fighting. I am very happy because he is getting stronger, getting better, so it is ok"

City need just two more wins to clinch the title, and should they get past Everton, they could have a chance to achieve this against their bitter city rivals United in front of a home crowd.

"Everybody in the blue side of Manchester knows that is a once in a lifetime opportunity but steady, it won't be handed to us," Silva added.

"Every win brings you closer to your goal but we want to keep this standard until the end of the season and into the next season too."

City play Everton away at the end of the month, before competing in the Manchester derby in early April.


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David Silva scores the second during the Premier League game between Stoke City and Manchester City on March 12, 2018
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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Liverpool1714303773045
2Manchester CityMan City17142148103844
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs17130431161539
4Chelsea17114235142137
5Arsenal17104337231434
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd177552929026
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves177461919025
8Everton176652422224
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham177372525024
10Watford177372325-224
11Bournemouth177282528-323
12Leicester CityLeicester176472121022
13Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton176382024-421
14Newcastle UnitedNewcastle174491422-816
15Crystal Palace1743101423-915
16Cardiff CityCardiff1742111733-1614
17Southampton172691632-1612
18Burnley1733111533-1812
19Huddersfield TownHuddersfield1724111028-1810
20Fulham1723121642-269

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