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David Silva won his 122nd cap for Spain in their opening Group B fixture against Portugal, a key man for his country as much as he is for his club. Manchester City, Premier League champions in 2017/18, played a scintillating brand of football under Pep Guardiola, and his system of possession play, developed at Barcelona, has naturally influenced the way the Spanish national side play. It’s not a surprise given how many of Spain’s players have passed through Barcelona or begun their careers at La Masia, but David Silva, who started his footballing life at Valencia before joining City in 2010, is a crucial cog both for Pep’s City and Fernando Hierro’s Spain.

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