Heading into their Super Sunday match at Stamford Bridge, David Silva and Sergio Aguero are in good form and that usually bodes well for Manchester City. In the past, the Spanish midfielder and Argentine striker have combined to be a dangerous partnership. Last season, both players endured injuries, battled fatigue from international duty and adjusted to managerial decisions while Manchester City struggled to regain the form from their championship season.
But, if the past has proven anything, when the two players are at their best and clicking on the pitch, Manchester City is a completely transformed team.
In June 2010, David Silva was purchased from Valencia by Manchester City. The Spanish international midfielder was a transfer target of La Liga giants, Real Madrid and Barcelona, but chose to join the project in the blue half of Manchester. He met up with his new teammates after winning the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
During his first season, he formed a unique partnership with Argentine striker, Carlos Tevez. The two combined to form a deadly attack for City. Tevez ended the year scoring 23 goals in all competitions and lauded Silva as “the best signing we (Manchester City) have made”.
Silva took no time adjusting from La Liga to the Premier League and finished the season with 11 goals and 13 assists in all competitions.
Silva helped Manchester City end a 35-year trophy drought when they beat Stoke City in the FA Cup final at Wembley. He also led the City to a third place finish in the league and Champions League qualification for the first time in club history.
The following season (2011-12) brought the introduction of Sergio Aguero to the Etihad. Aguero came to City from Atlético Madrid and was considered one of the best young strikers in the world. He was coming off the most successful season of his early career. Aguero scored 29 times in all competitions for Los Rojiblancos, including scoring goals in seven straight appearances.
The early part of the 2011-12 season was a torrid one for Silva and Aguero. Silva opened the year by being named Barclays Premier League Player of the Month for September.
Aguero made Manchester City fans wait for his debut as he battled fitness during the preseason. But he came on as a substitute during the 59th minute and scored TWO goals in his first league contest versus Swansea City.