Manchester city manager Roberto Mancini is the latest to come out with calls for a winter break in England in order to prevent the players from burning out at the end of the season. England is one of the few nations in Europe not to have a winter break during the course of a season. In fact, this is the period when the most number of matches is held due to the presence of competitions like the FA Cup and the League Cup. There are four major trophies on offer for a team playing in the top division of English football.
Mancini is under tremendous pressure after having failed to win the Premier league title this season, but he has the opportunity to win the FA Cup for the second time in his Manchester city career. He will be taking his team against Wigan at Wembley in a few weeks time. However, aside from the FA Cup final, the season has been a major disappointment for city. They have failed to win the Premier league, while they were also knocked out of the Champions league by finishing bottom of the group.
In the last two decades, countries that had a winter break not only performed well in the European club competitions, but also in the international matches as well.
“I think that in England you need to have a break in December for the national team because we play a lot of games. The moment that they decide to give players one week off in December it will be good for the teams and national team. When we finish the championship, we go for one week in New York and after they come back there are some players that play in the Confederations Cup and qualification for World Cup,” said Mancini.
The 27-year-old David Silva was only recently linked with a summer move to the Spanish club Real Madrid, but he committed his future to the Premier league champions Manchester City by signing a new five-year deal with the club. He is one of the highest-paid players at the club after his new contract. Despite this, Silva has not been at his best this season. He had managed to score just one goal in the Premier league prior to the two goals against Fulham. However, the assistant manager David Platt has compared him with the Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi, who recently won his fourth consecutive FIFA Ballon d’Or award.
Both players are extremely similar in terms of the build and the way they play football. However, Messi has had far greater success during his time at Barcelona, while Silva has lifted only the FA Cup and the Premier league title in recent seasons with his club team. Silva, though, has been the recipient of one special trophy that has eluded Lionel Messi – the World Cup. The assistant manager David Platt is of the opinion that Silva is very much similar to Lionel Messi, and that Manchester city are fortunate to have him in the team.
“For us he is already top, top bracket. For us, so much goes through him, and he is very creative. All players want to score goals – David certainly does, but he creates enough for us. Last season he had a few more goals to his game but it’s not a case of looking at him as a goalscorer. We look at him as far more than that – if he adds goals to it, great, and if he doesn’t he is still a valued member of the team,” said Platt about Silva, who was one of the best players last season.
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The Manchester City midfielder David Silva has said that he is confident that his team can be spoken of in the same breath as Barcelona in the future. Barcelona regarded as the best team in the world right now due to the presence of players like Lionel Messi, Iniesta, and Xavi. Even more than the presence of individuals like them, the team has been praised for the way they have been playing football over the last four seasons. Not only have they been extremely attractive to watch, but the club has also achieved numerous targets and objectives in terms of the titles as well.
The former Valencia star David Silva has accepted the fact that Barcelona are the team to emulate right now, and is hoping that it will happen in the future at Manchester City. Silva has been part of the Spanish national team that contains the likes of Iniesta and Xavi. Silva has been regarded as one of the best players for the national team as well alongside these players. Due to the arrival of players like Sergio Aguero and Yaya Touré in recent seasons, Manchester City will also be equally good as Barcelona in the future according to Silva. However, he said that it will take a little bit more time.
“It would be right up there with all the other big competitions that I’ve won. Winning the Premier League is seen as a big thing. It would be a great achievement to retain it. I’ve been lucky I’ve won a lot of medals but I’d still like to win more. You don’t have the pressure anymore to win because you have won it, perhaps. The players do have the hunger to win it again so we’ll go for it,” said the Manchester City midfielder in a recent interview.
The Manchester city midfielder David Silva has compared the aspect of lifting another Premier League title this season as close to winning another World Cup title. The 26-year-old Spaniard is one of the few members of the Manchester city squad having had the opportunity to lift the World Cup with the Spanish national team. He has also lifted the European championships 2012 with the Spanish national team as well, while completing an extraordinary year by winning the Premier League last season. The club are looking to retain the title for the first time in their history, but they remain in the second place behind archrivals Manchester United.
Silva has said that retaining the Premier League title this season can be compared to the prospect of lifting the World Cup because it is extremely tough. The champions went six points behind the leaders United after losing the weekend’s derby match 3-2 courtesy of a late goal from Robin van Persie. Despite this significant advantage, Silva still believes that the United advantage can be closed before the end of the season due to the fact that there is still a long way to go. The former Barcelona men Txiki Begiristain and Ferran Soriano took charge of important positions at the club, which will make a significant impact according to Silva.
“There is still a long way to go and the disappointment we felt on Sunday is over with. Six points is a big gap — but last year they were in front by quite a lot of points and we won the league. It can be done. Retaining the title is a difficult thing to achieve, but certainly there is still a long way to go and we will keep at it to win it again. If we could do it again now, it would be right up there with all the other big competitions that I have won,” said Silva.