Date published: Tuesday, February 12, 2019, 8:00 am
Bernardo Silva believes that Manchester City's confidence is increasing thanks to their ability to score early goals.
The champions regained top spot in the Premier League on Sunday a sensational 6-0 hammering of Chelsea at Etihad Stadium triggered by Raheem Sterling's fourth minute opener.
It was the fifth time in six league games where Pep Guardiola's side hit the opening 20 minutes, a sequence that includes two first-minute goals.
With City engaged in a tight fight with Liverpool for the top spot, midfielder Silva feels that quick start is important.
Portugal's international said: "It is true that we have been lucky enough to score early. It's good to start the game that way.
"It helps you with confidence and for everything else, to start playing the game high, creating chances, having the ball.
"For a long time, we have scored many goals in the first five minutes, which is very good."
Unlike Chelsea, City could build on their positive start and add another three goals to undoubtedly put the result into the opening 25 minutes.
Silva said, "It was very good we scored early – that goal gave us the confidence we needed against, in my opinion, one of the best sides in the world, and that was great for us.
"We were fortunate enough that we scored almost every time we went. When that is the case, it's always easier. We played very well in the first 25-30 minutes and we were very happy with the score."
City's victory moved them back over Liverpool to the Goal Difference Summit, but they have played a game more.
Liverpool play their game in hand when faced with arch rivals Manchester United on February 24, a battle that will put City in the unusual position of wanting a service from their neighbors.
Silva said: "Of course it is better if they lose some points, but I think we all, not just the manager but all the players, have said to focus on our job.
"If we don't win our game, it doesn't matter what they do, so it's the most important thing now."
Sergio Aguero did most of the damage to Chelsea, scoring a record-like 11th Premier League trick and a 15th overall for the club.
"I think you don't need more words to describe him," Silva added. "He proves just week after week, how good he is year after year.
"It's just great for us to have an attacker as he scores so many goals for us. I just hope he continues."