Fernandinho hopes for Brazilian blend in Manchester City

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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is desperate to bring a bit of Brazil to the blue half of Manchester.

The City man lined up alongside compatriot Fernando in central midfield against Burnley and hopes the partnership will be given a chance to shine.


The Samba boys were paired together in the absence of the injured Yaya Toure, and they'll be given plenty more opportunity to play together when Toure travels to the African Cup of Nations.

Although the pairing couldn't prevent City from dropping two points at home to 19th-placed Burnley, Fernandinho is hopeful they can form a solid bond.


The 29-year-old enjoyed a personal moment of glory when his stunning strike gave the hosts a 2-0 lead, but the day would ultimately end in disappointment with Burnley claiming a late leveller.

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Although Frank Lampard looks certain to extend his stay at the Etihad, it's the Brazilian duo who will likely take the central midfield births while Toure is away with Ivory Coast.


City have a number of tough games to negotiate without their talismanic Ivorian, but Fernandinho his friendship with Fernando can help them do the job against the likes of Chelsea, Everton and Arsenal in the coming weeks.

The 29-year-old told the Manchester Evening News: "I hope we can play well together in that period, and keep the same intensity in the middle - it is very important for us to play together.

“Being close friends off the field is very important, because we speak the same language on the pitch, and can do a lot of things that help us on the pitch. The more games we play together is good for us, and helps the team as well.”


For the boys from Brazil, the festive football calendar has thrown up a bit of a shock. City's game with West Brom on Boxing Day nearly fell victim to snowy conditions more suitable to the Arctic than Albion's Hawthorns home.

Despite the shock, Fernandinho insisted he was more used to the conditions than former Porto man Fernando.

“I didn’t play in weather like this in Ukraine many times, because we had a break!” he said. I have only played in conditions like that two or three times in my life, and that last game in Birmingham was really bad!


“And Fernando played in Portugal, where it is always summer – he complains about the weather."

As well as the terrible British weather, the Brazilian will also have to adapt to the congested festive fixture list.


The New Year's Day visit of Sunderland will be City's third game in just six days, and Fernandinho insists the quick turnaround takes it's toll on the players. He said: "It is not easy to play two games, travel and keep the same performance in 48 hours. We tried to do it but unfortunately we couldn’t.

“Now we have three days to recover and prepare for the next game and I hope we can do better.”

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