Man City have a burning desire for Champions League success

City have shown their clear determination to win at home in recent weeks, underlined by Sunday’s clinical 4-0 demolition of Chelsea in the FA Cup third round. It came three days after they beat the same side to move back within five points of Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, while they face Southampton in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals on Wednesday. But while they have tasted success in all these competitions in the last few years, Europe’s elite trophy has so far eluded them and Silva is aiming to put that right. The Portuguese playmaker said: “We don’t hide that it’s a competition we really want to win. “Of course we still want to win the domestic competitions, but it’s no secret that we’ve wanted to win the Champions League for a while. . As it’s a target we haven’t hit yet, hopefully it’s our time this year.” It’s still more than a month before City resume their latest European campaign with a trip to Leipzig in the last 16. Before then, they have other priorities and the ease with which they swept aside an admittedly poor Chelsea side at the weekend illustrated the depth of their powerful squad.Manager Pep Guardiola made seven changes for the tie at the Etihad Stadium, including resting Kevin De Bruyne and Erling Haaland , but the Londoners had no answer. Riyad Mahrez, Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden effectively settled the game in a devastating 15-minute spell in the first half. Mahrez added a fourth with City’s second successful penalty of the afternoon – Alvarez having converted the first – late on. Chelsea answered little, but Silva was in no doubt about the magnitude of the result. The 28-year-old said: “Chelsea are always difficult to face, even with the number of injured players they have had this season. “They are one of the biggest clubs in England after all. We are very happy to progress in the competition and also for this good win in front of our fans.” For Chelsea, the result was dismal, compounding their recent poor form. Graham Potter’s side have lost six and won just two of their last nine matches in all competitions. They have been hampered by a long injury list but defender Trevoh Chalobah insists the team will not make excuses. “It’s a tough moment,” Chalobah told the club’s website. “It’s only ourselves we can look at. We have injuries but we have to use the players we have and get through. We don’t want to complain. “We have to work on what went wrong and see forward. Games are coming thick and fast. We have to pick ourselves up and go again.”

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