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Silva can still get better, insists Guardiola

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"It was important for us to win after many days without a win", said Guardiola. To make 300 games is not easy. But I did feel our players were a little bit exhausted, we put in a big, big effort in the previous two games. "Since I came here I was confident and I have passed that on to our players".

Delph said: "I have played against David and been at the club for nearly two years, and I do like to tackle and press, but I don't think I've tackled him in two years".

Guardiola is expected to oversee an overhaul of his Manchester City squad this summer and will have a group of players more in tune with his requirements going into the 2017-18 campaign.

It prompted Guardiola to cast his mind back to a conversation with Emery, then in charge of Valencia, before Silva's £24m move to England in 2010.

"Constantly I said to him, 'You must score goals!' Because if Silva scored goals he'd have been something you can not even envision". So expensive! When I say I'm a lucky guy, it's because I was with Xavi, Iniesta and now with Silva. I believed that when I arrived here and I have tried to pass this on to my players. "He's special player but he was so expensive, so expensive". He has absolutely everything with mentality, he's a competitor and everything.

Sergio Aguero made it 2-0 shortly after halftime following a jinking run by Raheem Sterling, his 10th goal in his last 10 appearances for City.

"With five minutes to go we need to see the game out and don't concede".

It strengthened City's grip on fourth place and would have completed a ideal afternoon for Guardiola, had Claudio Bravo's troubles not surfaced again.

Although Man City cruised to a 3-1 win over the Tigers, Bravo let a tame Andrea Ranocchia effort beat him in what turned out to be Hull's only shot on target in the game. Home form will be key to their survival.

That would have made it a ideal afternoon for Guardiola, but it was spoilt late on as Shaun Maloney cut the ball back for Ranocchia, on loan from Inter Milan, to steer a shot under Bravo's dive with the visitors' only effort on target.