David Silva has warned his Manchester City team-mates they must prepare as if for cup finals in their remaining games.

 

The Etihad Stadium favourite has said games in the second half of the season will need to be treated as if a cup is at stake.

 

Roberto Mancini’s key playmaker admitted his side’s recent cup failures have been painful, but urged the Citizens to show strength of character in the tough upcoming fixtures.

 

“Being knocked out of the FA Cup by United was an important moment - we really wanted to try and retain the trophy,” he told The Sun.

 

“And it was a pain watching the Carling Cup defeat on television. It was a bad result for us but we could rise above it in the second leg at Anfield.

 

“We still have a good chance of making the final. One thing is certain, we have failed in two consecutive home matches against big clubs.

 

“But I do not think these setbacks are that significant or that City are a club in crisis.

 

“The season is very long and any club can suffer defeats. Of course our priority is the league.

 

“We top the table and any one of our rivals would rather be in our position. Even at this stage a three-point advantage is sensational.

 

“But from now on we must play every match as though it were a final.”

 

Silva was withdrawn from the FA Cup loss to Manchester United at half-time due to an ankle injury that subsequently kept him out of the Carling Cup defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

 

There were fears he would also miss the key title clash with Tottenham on Monday, but those fears seem to have now been eased.

 

The Spain international was positive about his chances of making it, but insisted he would just prepare for a tough and allow Roberto Mancini to make the decisions.

 

“I think that I will be able to play, although the decision rests with the coach," he added. "But it's not going to be an easy night.”

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