David Silva still the conductor even if his tempo may be on the wane | Barney Ronay

The Premier League may never have had a greater friend of the football than David Silva, but time wears down even the most boyishly irrepressible of footballers

And breathe again. On a misty night at Wembley Manchester City squared their shoulders, slapped themselves about the chops a few times and produced a performance to ease the bruises of a difficult 10 days.

By the end a 3-1 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur wasn’t so much winning ugly as winning with the usual frictionless beauty, in the process clamping at least one hand on the Premier League trophy.

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