Manchester City seem untouchable this season. Pep Guardiola’s men have already amassed 10 victories and are yet to be beaten.
At the heart of this electrifying form and soaking up the majority of the plaudits has been Kevin de Bruyne and Sergio Aguero. After all, the duo have been the main protagonists in many of City’s wins so far.
However, Guardiola is of the opinion that praise should be directed elsewhere. In fact, he believes if a certain midfielder could be cloned, then the Premier League title would be an inevitable acquisition.
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Man in form
The man in question? Fernandinho.
Since his move to the Etihad Stadium in 2013, the Brazilian has been one of the club’s most consistent and reliable performers. His amassing of 148 appearances is testament to the quality of his performances.
Furthermore, it appears that Manuel Pellegrini isn’t the only manager to rate the ex-Shakhtar Donestk man. Besides, Fernandinho has proven Guardiola’s go-to man thus far.
The ex-Barcelona boss, speaking to the Guardian, explained why he holds the 31-year-old in such high regard: “That is because Fernandinho can do everything.
“What we have achieved so far would have been impossible without him. He is fast, he is intelligent, strong in the air and he can play in several positions.
“No sooner does he see a space than he runs there immediately. If you need someone to make a correction or a challenge, he sees it too.
“If a team had three Fernandinhos, they would be champions. We only have one and he is very important to us.”
It’s not hard to ascertain that Guardiola is something of a fan. He is evidentially clear to reiterate that while De Bruyne and Aguero may shine, it’s all a result of Fernandinho’s hard work in the midfield.
After all, this is the man keeping Yaya Toure out the side no less.
Guardiola will of course be hoping that Fernandinho will be able to extend his purple patch to this weekend. In fact, the Brazilian could be needed more than ever.
While Tottenham may appear an inferior challenge to that of Manchester United, the bottom line is that it’s first versus second.
Moreover, given Spurs’ imperious form last season and their impressive start to this campaign, they will likely prove the biggest threat to City’s currently unblemished record.
Factor in the partisan nature of White Hart Lane and the Citzens could just be rattled. That being said, as Guardiola states, if Fernandinho is on song, then it could be a frustrating afternoon for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
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