The roles, which are usually reserved for children, were filled by two of the club's oldest supporters. Of course he can play there.
However, they responded in style by beating Burnley 4-2, although manager Slavisa Jokanovic would have been disappointed to see his team squander a two-goal lead to be pegged back to a 2-2 draw by Brighton. "If they miss that - and there was many of that - that's why [in training] I am going to show them we can improve".
'He is doing well, once again he helped us and he's a fantastic player.
'No doubts about Delph, ' said the City boss.
It was an illustration of his unselfish attitude.
The Citizens have made an unbeaten start to the Premier League season following four victories and one stalemate.
It is Silva's second season at the club after signing from Monaco in summer 2017 and the Portuguese is ready to step up a level.
'You have to adapt to the way your team plays, you have to adapt to your team-mates, to the league, to the referees. "You have to have a lot of time here with a healthy and positive mentality".
It was an indication of his modesty that Silva spoke more effusively about Leroy Sane.
The Spaniard has been liberated to enjoy his football once more after a harrowing five months in the latter part of last season as he jetted between Manchester and his homeland to visit his pre-mature born son. Sane failed to even make the bench against Newcastle United two weeks ago.
They netted three goals but as Guardiola said it "could and should have been five, six or seven" such were the chances they created. That's where I was brought up and I really hope he can have the same opportunities as I've had.
Manchester City's 2017/18 campaign on the pitch was a historic one for several reasons, they have also confirmed that things are good off the pitch too, with revenue breaking the £500m mark.
If Sane is charged with repeating his past, Silva has set about bettering his.