Roberto Mancini insists Manchester City players are best in the world

17 September 2010 06:53
Roberto Mancini paid tribute to his Manchester City match-winners David Silva and Jo, and even described his players as being among the 'best in the world'.

Victory in Salzburg gives City an early advantage in Group A, with rivals Juventus surprisingly held 3-3 by Lech Poznan in Turin. Juventus are next up at home for City, and Mancini clearly believes he has the firepower to outgun the Italians.

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Silva had made a quiet start since arriving from Valencia for £24million in the summer, while Jo, signed for £18m from CSKA Moscow in July 2008, has only now become a regular player after going to Everton on loan last season.

'We are talking about two important players,' said Mancini.

'For me, my players are the best in the world. I think David is a fantastic player and for him it's a different situation now, playing different football, but after one month he will be ready to go 100 per cent for the team. He will be an important player for the future.

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'He played for Valencia in the Champions League for many years. The Premier League is different and every player needs one or two months to understand English football.

'David can play in every position. For Valencia he played either right or left wing, but I think this position is the best for him.'

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'Jo has scored a good goal and I hope that he continues to play like he did tonight.

'The Europa League is very important to us and I'm happy because it was important to start the group well. I thought we deserved to win this game.'

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Source: Daily_Mail

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