Date: 5th March 2017 at 10:39pm
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Manchester City are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performance by David Silva in the two nil victory over Sunderland at the weekend at the Stadium of Light was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the latest weekend.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected Silva as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

‘This was a much better performance from Manchester City than I have seen for some time. However, we have to put it into perspective. Manchester City are in the last 16 of the Champions League and currently second in the Premier League table and playing a Sunderland side who are bottom of the league with 19 points. So let’s be clear here shall we – City should be beating ‘the Sunderlands’ of this world. That said, they controlled the game for long periods and David Silva practically ran the show from start to finish. There is no doubt that when Silva and Yaya Toure are playing well at the same time City look impressive. This victory over Sunderland keeps City in touch with the leaders, and manager Pep Guardiola is familiar with what it takes to win one of the most competitive leagues in the world. This season has been a steep learning curve for Guardiola – Silva and Toure are now getting time on the pitch together. Guardiola needs to prepare now for their exit and have players in line to replace them if he’s serious about winning trophies in this country. Both will take some replacing.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Silva for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the points.

Full Team:

Artur Boruc (Bournemouth), Martin Olsson (Swansea City), Marcos Rojo (Manchester United), Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace), Nathan Redmond (Southampton), David Silva (Manchester City), Tom Carroll (Swansea City), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Fernando Llorente (Swansea City), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City).

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