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Fernando hopes international break will revitalise Manchester City

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It's fair to say many of us have grown to resent the increasingly frequent international breaks that litter the footballing calendar these days.

As nations go head to head in qualifiers or friendlies we find ourselves longing for the return of our beloved domestic league, whether that be La Liga or the Premier League, the Bundesliga or Serie A.

However, the same cannot be said for Manchester City midfielder Fernando, who believes the break arrived at the perfect time for his team.

The Premier League champions have won just one of their last six matches, while the midfielders personal form has slumped after some good early season performances

Having now fully recovered from an injury that halted his impressive start to life in England, Fernando has backed City, and himself, to come back in style following a well-timed break.

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Benefits

City's last Premier League action ended in disappointment as a 2-2 draw with QPR, which saw them drop eight points behind league leaders Chelsea with just 11 games played.

While some players have have wanted to quickly prove the result was nothing more than a blip, Fernando suggested the two week international break was the perfect tonic for his struggling teammates.

He told the Manchester Evening News: "Usually the international breaks are not really good, the players don’t like them. More than three days, or a week, is too much.

“But at this moment, with where we stand, it was really beneficial for me as a player, and for the whole team, to be able to catch up with what we were missing and address what was wrong. Now, hopefully, we can get some balance and go for it.”

Setbacks

Fernando's arrival in Manchester went somewhat unnoticed, with the signing of his Porto teammate Eliaquim Mangala grabbing the headlines.

The uncapped Brazilian quickly proved an astute addition with fine displays in City's opening matches, before an injury against Stoke ruled him out of a number of big games, leaving him understandably frustrated.

"I started really well, and had an awesome, excellent pre-season. When you are part of a pre-season like that, and things are going so well at the start of the season, and then you get injured all of a sudden, it is difficult. You want to be part of it, but you lose a little bit of that rhythm," he said.

The beginning

Having grown up in a small town in Brazil, life in Manchester was always going to take some getting used to for the ex-Porto man.

And while settling in to life in a new country can hamper a players form, Fernando believes it's only a matter of time before he feels at home in the north west and shows City fans what he's capable of.

The 27-year-old said: “I am settling down – this is the beginning. I am enjoying
it a lot, but it will take a few weeks or months, but day by day I am getting better, and I hope I will reach City’s standards. The best is still to come, I hope.”

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