Roberto Mancini set to unleash David Silva against FC Salzburg

16 September 2010 07:11
City slicker: Silva is set to start against FC Salzburg

David Silva may be struggling to adjust to the demands of the Barclays Premier League but Roberto Mancini will unleash the Spaniard on Europe, convinced he is ready to justify the £24million Manchester City paid to sign him from Valencia in the summer.

Silva has not started in the Premier League since the opening day of the season, making only late appearances off the bench in the last two games.

But the 24-year-old Spain forward is expected to face Salzburg in City's opening Europa League Group A fixture at the Red Bull Arena with Mancini insisting the World Cup winner has overcome his early problems.

'Silva is a fantastic player and he's ready to play,' said the City boss. 'Every player who arrives in the Premier League will have a problem for the first two months but, after four or five games, everything will be normal.

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'When he arrived, he had to go away with the national team two dayslater and then he went again with them to Argentina. This was a problembut now he's ready.'

Enlarge Mancini's £100m summer spending spree on new players means his side are arguably favourites ahead of Juventus in a group that also includes Polish side Lech Poznan.

And midfielder Nigel de Jong, who faces his old Hamburg boss Huub Stevens tonight, believes City are within sight of that elusive trophy he believes will signal an era of unprecedented success for the club.

'We expect to win something this season,' said De Jong. 'Being the first one for so long, it doesn't really matter which competition it is. Once we have got the first, I expect a few to quickly follow.

'City are not just big in Europe, they are big throughout the world. Everybody is watching us and they're excited to see us play. You can see it in the eyes of the opposition. We are a scalp for teams.'

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