Mancini tips "fantastic" Silva to fulfil Trequartista role

08 April 2011


Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has lauded David Silva’s form this season, suggesting the diminutive playmaker has the potential to be the fulcrum of the Eastlands club’s attacking potency for many years to come.

Mancini believes the former Valencia star has all the attributes required to play the role commonly referred to in Italy as Trequartista.

Silva’s form this season has defied the many doubters who previously queried the player’s ability to thrive in the robust, overtly physical nature of the Premier League, and Mancini has intimated the World Cup winning midfielder has emerged as his side’s main creative spark this season.

Mancini said: “Trequartista is an important position in the team. 

“For me David Silva is a fantastic player, because his technique is incredible and he understands when is the right time to pass the ball.”

A Trequartista is an Italian term coined to describe the second striker who plays in the hole, and who generally creates and scores plenty of goals. It translates as ‘three quarters’, and is a commonly used idiom when referencing an archetypal number 10, with the finest examples being the likes Roberto Baggio and Zinedine Zidane.

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