You need as much focus against teams that battle relegation.

Manchester City midfield maestro David Silva insists there should be no room for complacency as they take on The Black Cats on New Year's Day at the Etihad Stadium.

The Citizens' attacking midfielder has been in sublime form since his recent return from injury, with the Spaniard scoring four goals in City's last three games.

Their 2-2 draw against Burnley over the weekend shows playing teams who battle the relegation zone, looking to climb further up the table are vital matches that need as much focus as those at the top-half of the Premier League table.

And, Silva reckons the same as he told “Some people have looked at our fixtures over the past few weeks and said that we should win them all, but football doesn’t work like that.

“It’s a cliché, sure, but as Burnley proved, every game is difficult in the Premier League and it is a very long season.

“Any team can beat you if you’re not at your best and I believe playing sides that are struggling to find form and are near the bottom of the league is worse than a run against teams near the top because they play every game as though it’s their last one of the season.”

He also gave his take on the busy festive schedule and hopes the Blues can avoid further injuries with Sergio Aguero, Edin Dzeko and Vincent Kompany all side-lined due to injuries.

“After all these years at City, I’m used to the busy Christmas and New Year period now,” he added.

“Of course, the more games you play, the more risk there is for players but it’s just the way it is and you have to get on with it.

“Losing any player is bad news and we will soon be without Yaya Toure for the next four or five weeks, but as I said before, we have a strong squad and there is always a good player waiting to come in.

“We just need to return to winning ways quickly and not dwell on the Burnley result too much.”

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