Euro 2012: spotlight on David Silva
- 30 May 2012 17:25
- Posted by Mark Booth
We turn our attentions to City's Spanish midfielder and his prospects for the upcoming tournament.
City’s Spanish magician was forced to watch most of Spain’s triumphant 2010 World Cup campaign from the substitute bench, which surely made him one of the most unlucky squad members at the competition.
Surely any other country in the tournament would have built their team around the diminutive playmaker from the Canary Islands but when your midfield is made up of Xavi, Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas, you can sympathise with the impossible decision Vincent Del Bosque had to make.
It was a very different story for Silva back at Euro 2008 when he functioned as the pivot between the Catalan midfield base and the potent frontline of Fernando Torres and David Villa.
Silva scored in the semi-final against Russia, the highlight of five appearances at the tournament which saw his stock soar on his path from the Mestella to the Etihad Stadium.
A combination of the effect of Barcelona’s thin squad on the legs of Xavi and Iniesta and Silva’s imperious club form gave David a window of opportunity in the qualifying rounds for Euro 2012. After four goals and some key assists, it’s fair to say that it was a chance that the player grabbed with both hands.
It remains to be seen whether Del Bosque will keep faith with Silva after a long-standing ankle injury curtailed his form ever-so-slightly in the dying embers of the Premier League season but he’ll certainly be expecting more game time than he was given in South Africa two years ago.
Knowing David Silva like the City faithful do, it wouldn’t exactly be a shock to see him light up the competition when he’s given the nod.
Come along and enjoy Euro 2012 at City Square, the only outdoor venue in Manchester showing the England matches. We are kicking off with England’s opening match against France on June 11, with City Square open from 2:30pm.
There will be free giveaways from the CityStore and EA, parking is free and The Summerbee Bar, Blue Moon Café and Star Bar will all be open.
Tickets are priced at £5 for adults and £3 for kids and are available now from the box office - advance purchase only.