Premier League - Mancini: Silva 'one of Europe’s best'

Sun, 06 Nov 09:19:00 2011

Managerial reaction from the day's Premier League matches, with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini calling David Silva one of the best players in Europe.

Premier League Daily

Queens Park Rangers 2-3 Manchester City

Neil Warnock: "We’ve had our ups and downs and our drubbings and we’ll have more before the end of the season. But I think we’re a decent side. I’m glad these three games are out of the way but we have Stoke next and that’s a very difficult one as Tony Pulis has made them a top side. There are no easy games and we’re just enjoying where we are at the moment."

Roberto Mancini: "(When asked if David Silva is the best player in the Premier League) David for me is one of the best players in Europe. But not only him, but other players like Yaya (Toure), and Edin (Dzeko). You can say that QPR played very well, but in the end it is important that we won. We also had some problems with Samir Nasri’s knee before the game. This is normal after so many games. I was not surprised by QPR - I told the guys it would be difficult because QPR are a strong team that presses from the start and I knew we’d have a problem. The second half was different but still hard. We played better, scoring one and having three or four chances to close the game."

Aston Villa 3-2 Norwich City

Alex McLeish: "In that kind of form, Gabby has got to have caught the eye (of England boss Fabio Capello). (Darren Bent) has already established himself and scored some goals for England. But Gabby has got to take confidence from the way he has been playing and the expectation levels are now on him to deliver in every game. That is what you expect of a top player. He is still young and has been really consistent this season. His performances this season have been exceptional. He is quick but also got other strings to his bow. He has got good feet, can beat a man in a short space, and was clever with his goal. Gabby is in the provisional squad. He is available for selection this time if Fabio chooses. On his form today he would frighten any defence."

Paul Lambert: "The good thing about us is we don't stop, we keep going, but we can't give goals away like that. We get a foothold in the game at 1-1 and lose a silly goal just after half-time. The ball should have gone into row Z of the stand. It puts you on the back foot and then you are down to 3-1."

Arsenal 3-0 West Brom

Arsene Wenger: "I don't know where (Robin van Persie) ranks [compared to other Arsenal greats]. The only thing I know is that he is world class. When I was a kid they had in Germany a ranking of national class, international class and world class. And in world class were only four or five players, or maybe even 10 players. I would put him in that calibre."

Roy Hodgson: "The one thing I think we did do today was put in one hell of a shift and I thought we had to because we were up against a very good Arsenal team in form, who were rampant. You could accuse of lacking a bit of quality at times, you could accuse us of, in the first half, playing the ball forward too early. You could accuse us of those things and I might agree with you, but one thing I certainly will not agree with you is that the players did not put in a shift. That is an accusation bordering on the scandalous."

Blackburn Rovers 0-1 Chelsea

Steve Kean: "I don't feel let down because I think my players gave it everything. We are disappointed not to take anything from the game after creating that amount of chances. I feel like we should have taken at least a point but the overall performance not only in this game but in others recently has been excellent. Yakubu had some chances on the counter-attack and we are creating those chances. The strikers have just got to keep in there and we have lots of young lads who have given sterling performances."

Andre Villas-Boas: "We are very happy because we needed this stimulus of a win before the international break to make sure everybody goes into the break with a better feeling. It (the clean sheet) was important. It is always important to win the game, no matter what are the conditions. We had to suffer a little bit but we managed to hold onto a clean sheet. It is never easy at Ewood Park, particularly when you are going through back-to-back defeats in the Premier League and bearing in mind that Blackburn are in desperate need of points."

Liverpool 0-0 Swansea

Kenny Dalglish: "If we had scored early on it might have changed the way the game went but we never scored so it is hypothetical. No-one has ever in the history of football deliberately missed a chance. That is 10 times we have hit the post or the bar this season. Maybe if (Andy Carroll’s missed) chance goes in it may have changed the complexion of the game but as well as paying credit to Swansea we have to look at ourselves."

Brendan Rodgers: "It was fantastic. I felt we were equipped to come to a big team and put in a big performance. Today was a chance to show we have now grown into the league. We started very well but to put in a performance like that at a big club with top players fills me with great pride. I thought we were outstanding. We got a bit of fortune early on but you need that but I don't think there was anything lucky about the result or the performance. I think my players deserve every plaudit they get from the game. Collectively as a team they were outstanding."

Manchester United 1-0 Sunderland

Sir Alex Ferguson: "I thought we were anxious but in the second half we improved, although the last 15 minutes was torture. I don't know whether it was down to the way Sunderland played, or the occasion; these emotional occasions, which it was for me today, sometimes get through to them. They’ve been going through a sticky patch Sunderland but I can’t see how they could possibly be in danger."

Steve Bruce: "I’ve had a look at the TV monitor three or four times and I think it’s been a bit of guesswork. At the end of the day they have got the decision right, but there was a lot of kerfuffle."

Newcastle United 2-1 Everton

Alan Pardew: "(Ryan Taylor) can't be an unsung hero for 11 games. He was for a couple, but at the moment, he has been terrific. He's been brilliant, and he is such a lovely lad. I was chuffed for him today. I don't think he likes Everton - he's a Liverpool fan, isn't he?"

David Moyes: "If you look at chances, we probably had more chances than Newcastle in the first half and we were on the verge of going in 2-0 down, so the goal before half-time gave us a real lifeline. But we couldn't quite get the opening or opportunity. We didn't get as many chances in the second half, albeit I have seen it and it is a stonewall penalty when it hits his hand. The ball was going in as well, so it had beaten the goalkeeper, the goalkeeper wasn't getting it."


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