Jamie Jackson for The Guardian:
Then, finally, the match had a goal. It derived from the slow-slow-quick-quick stuff that has made City so successful. Touré pea-rolled the ball to Fernandinho who, after a glance ahead, zipped the ball in to Pablo Zabaleta and when the Argentinian reversed it to Silva he scored, via a deflection off Scott Dann.
The Spanish schemer’s third league goal this season was jubilantly received by Pellegrini and City fans. Now their side were level on points with Chelsea, and there was a platform on which to try to reduce or even catch their goal difference, still superior by three.
Silva’s first arrived on 49 minutes. His second came just past the hour. This was a throwback of a move that involved a simple yet destructive Kolarov cross to Silva, whose instant shot allowed Julián Speroni little chance.
Silva, despite being widely recognised as being a great player, still seems underrated by so many. Apart from Agüero, who is majestic when fit, Silva is City’s best player. When he’s on form, he transforms City from being good to being sublime.