The Spaniard says Roberto Mancini's successor has created the perfect atmosphere for a successful team and believes his demeanour has helped the team handle pressure
Manuel Pellegrini's laid-back persona has helped Manchester City's players deal with the pressure of the Premier League title run-in, according to David Silva.
City head into the final game of the season on Sunday against West Ham at the Etihad Stadium hoping to avoid any last-day drama, knowing they need only a point to almost certainly claim the title.
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"His calmness has been obvious," Silva told the club's official website. "He's added that to the whole club. And it really helps us at difficult moments.
"It's nice to have that calm attitude around you when things get tough."
On Pellegrini's overall impact since he succeeded Roberto Mancini, Silva added: "He's made it a happy place.
"He's brought a joy and happiness - also to our style of play. We are attack-minded and we score lots of goals.
"He's made us competitive in every competition. We've gone further in them this season. He's given us that extra push and taken us one step further.
"Having Manuel here has helped me personally, too. It's been really good for me. My style of play is more suited to an attacking style.
"He's helped me develop as a player. You always want to improve as an individual. It's been a good year for me."