Manchester - Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola
singled out midfielder David Silva for special praise after watching his
side overcome Newport 4-1 in the FA Cup on Saturday.
City had far from an easy ride against the Welsh side, who kept them
goalless in the first half, but as soon as Leroy Sane broke the deadlock
on 51 minutes, the result was never in doubt.
Young midfielder Phil Foden fired home a brace either side of Padraig
Amond's only goal for the home side, before Riyad Mahrez completed the
However it was the performance of Silva in the middle of the park
that really stood out for Guardiola as the veteran showed his class and
professionalism during an 82-minute run-out.
Guardiola told reporters when asked about Silva's performance after
the game: "Incredible. He is 33 years old, fights, wins duels. Really,
"David is a fantastic player. He played here at a League Two club like an 18-year-old, like Phil Foden."
Next up for Guardiola and City is a Champions League last 16 first leg tie against Schalke in Germany on Wednesday.