They have both made important contributions.
Silva has slotted seamlessly into Guardiola’s system.
Competing with Raheem Sterling on the right of the attack, the 23-year-old has delivered wonderful moments with his left foot.
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|Distance covered per 90||12.5 km||2|
|Mins per assist||289||4|
|Chances created per 90||1.8||7|
|Shots on target per 90||0.8||6|
|Tackles won per 90||1.2||6|
Silva’s busy playing style is perhaps the best of his strengths.
He is always on the move, eager to create space for himself and others. The winger made the most sprints of any City player in his last two starts against Arsenal and Chelsea.
Gundogan has showcased his value to the team.
The German can offer Guardiola versatility, shining as a box-to-box midfielder or as a deep-lying playmaker.
|Passes in opp. half/90||54.6||6|
Gundogan is hardworking, but his distribution that stands out.
His pass accuracy of 91.5 per cent makes him the best midfield passer on City's books.
The discipline of his performance when deputising for the injured Fernandinho at home to Chelsea last month was incredible.
Gundogan remained exclusively inside the middle third and ran the show with a remarkable 181 touches.
It was a special performance in which Gundogan completed 167 passes, a PL record, with an accuracy of 96 per cent.
If Guardiola decides to start Silva or Gundogan in Saturday’s derby against Manchester United, it is hard to say he will be weakening City side at all.
These two brilliant footballers would walk into almost every other side in the division.