Fernandinho thinks Manchester City showed their desire to retain title


Fernandinho believes Manchester City are showing their champion qualities as they fight “like animals” to retain the Premier League title. City returned to the top of the table with a vital victory over rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday. The 2-0 win, from what was a crucial game in hand, took City a point above Liverpool with three matches remaining for both sides. Another great result! Keep pushing. We are city 💪🏾 +3 pic.twitter.com/bPg96ZJEMm — Fernandinho (@fernandinho) April 24, 2019 It was also their 11th successive league win and came after a similarly important victory over Tottenham, which in turn was a fine response to the disappointment of Champions League elimination. “We showed the desire in competing for every ball like animals,” said City midfielder Fernandinho. “I think this is the spirit of a team that wants to be champions. “It was not just Wednesday – in general every game, especially last Saturday, after the ‘defeat’ against Tottenham, in the way we played from the first minute. “If you look back to January, they (Liverpool) could have been 10 points clear after our game. We didn’t want that. Manchester is blue. No words for this team. Three finals. One goal. Keep fighting @ManCity !💙 #AL14 pic.twitter.com/mNzJ1RTNcM — Aymeric Laporte (@Laporte) April 24, 2019 “We reduced the gap to four points and now we are one point up. That is the way the Premier League is going to be decided and I hope we can do our job and win those three games, and be champions again.” The derby, settled with second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane, was regarded as the toughest hurdle left facing City in their run-in. Yet with the lead just a slender one, Fernandinho is aware there is still little room for error. Liverpool, who face Huddersfield on Friday, could even be back at the summit before City play their next game at Burnley on Sunday. Another one down. We fight til the end and keep going! pic.twitter.com/AQU9i0cEKa — Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) April 24, 2019 The Brazilian said: “Burnley are always difficult. They have a specific way to play and it is not easy to go there. They drew with Chelsea last Monday. “We have to recover as soon as possible and try to be fit and be ready. It is going to be a very important, very difficult game for us.” Fernandinho is a fitness doubt himself after being withdrawn early in the second half on Wednesday with a knee problem. He was due to have a scan and be assessed ahead of the weekend. The 33-year-old plays a key role with one of his jobs being to offer the back four protection. He felt the defensive side of the team functioned superbly against United. Fernandinho: We’ll see tomorrow. We are going to make the scan and we will see. I will talk to the doctor and he’ll make the best decision for everybody. When I blocked the shot from Paul (Pogba) I felt my knee. It twisted a little. I could continue playing but I came off #MCFC — Andy Hampson (@andyhampson) April 24, 2019 He said: “The important thing we talked about before the game was we cannot concede any goals, because we have the players up front who can score the goals for us. “In any action they can create any chances and score goals, and that is what happened. “The first half was a little bit weird for us because we couldn’t find the space we find every game but in the second half we found the space and created a lot of chances to score. “Finally we scored two goals. It was a massive three points.” Topics Fernandinho, Premier League, Man City Fernandinho facing scan on knee after going off injured against Manchester United Bert Trautmann’s son laments racism blighting modern game Fernandinho: No bust-up with captain Kompany Fernando: Fernandinho and I are like brothers – but we’re not the same guy, you know? Liverpool clinch FA Youth Cup as Duncan returns to haunt Manchester City Getafe claim vital point against Real Madrid Trevor Sinclair: Don’t let the racists win, stay on the pitch and beat them Rangers beat Celtic in Youth Cup final Forrest wants Celtic to pay rousing tribute to McNeill Ranked! Every one of Manchester United’s post-Alex Ferguson signings Jurgen Klopp reveals how he’d react to a Manchester City title win 10 players you’d forgotten were in a PFA Premier League Team of the Year Ranked! The 50 best players in the Premier League this season Quiz! Can you name every German with 30+ Premier League appearances?
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