|Desc||The Brazilian has been at Manchester City since 2013 but it’s only in the past two seasons, under Pep Guardiola, that his qualities and value as a player have come to light – notably his disruptive influence and controlled poise. Indeed, his absence from notable City defeats this season have demonstrated his importance at the base of the side’s midfield unit. At 33, he will be sorely missed when he moves on|
|Org||Brazil National Team|
|Club as Player||Manchester City|
2015 01 10 Retrieve
[Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho on Everton’s Ross Barkley] I like Ross Barkley a lot. I think he’s come back stronger after his knee operation because he looks physically more powerful and he has an explosive burst of pace - more than before - and with his technical ability, he reminds me of a very young Brazilian Ronaldo when he was at Barcelona
2020 01 11 Retrieve
[Fernandinho reiterates future hint as Man City star looks to follow lead of 43-year-old Ze Roberto] Hopefully. We will see how long I keep playing too. To be honest I don’t think about that now. Of course I want to keep playing, but I don’t put on myself that I will play until 40 or something. I will play as long as I feel good and I can give a good performance back to the team. You have to look after yourself too and it’s the best way to perform.
We have a player who played for so many years in Germany and then after in Brazil, played until he was 43. Ze Roberto is his name. Gabi [Jesus] played with him as well at Palmeiras. He was a winger, left back, midfielder, played for Real Madrid, Bayern, so many different positions as well. He was an inspiration for me because he was a top player and played at a high level until he was 43. As I said, I don’t want to say I will go on until then because we don’t know what will happen tomorrow, but I am happy and this happiness is making me keep playing and perform better
[Fernandinho joined City from Shakhtar Donetsk for £34 million ($44m) in the summer of 2013 and has gone on take in 270 appearances for the club] I am feeling good, feeling confident. I’m happy to be playing in this position, to be playing alongside these players and of course this is motivation for me to stay in that way. I think this change has helped me grow up as a player. When you play in certain different positions you can understand the game better and try to help the other team-mates as well. I know what role the holding midfielder should do, the centre-back playing left or right and the full-back, it’s all really clear in my head. I think this has helped me get better. I think I adapted myself, playing the way I played. Sometimes we have a specific way to play, that’s all.
So playing in defence, it opens your mind, especially under Pep because you can understand the game easier. We have a lot of meetings about tactics, positioning, how you have to move the ball, how you have to pass the ball, which player is free and which player you have to man mark. It helped me. For me, it doesn’t matter playing midfield or centre-back. Of course when I’m in good form and fitness, then my performance helps the team as well
2020 04 27 Retrieve
[Fernandinho missing football and Man City after returning to Brazil] I am very much missing football. Not just the football, but my relationships with my team-mates, with the staff and all the people at the club. I miss arriving at the club in the morning, having a chat with everyone in the kitchen. This is a tough time for everybody, and I am feeling it right now because I am really missing everyone.
[While Fernandinho is staying in touch with his team-mates, the 34-year-old admitted it is difficult living in isolation, as he misses all aspects of life at the club] [I miss] the training sessions, the relationships with team-mates and staff, the time before training you are talking with the physios, sometimes the kitchen after breakfast and even on the pitch before training starts. Everything. We live in different ways so now we are just isolated far from everyone. You make some phone and video calls, but it is not the same. It is hard to be honest
[Though some aspects of life are tough right now, Fernandinho is enjoying spending more time with his family and the warmer weather in Brazil] Though some aspects of life are tough right now, Fernandinho is enjoying spending more time with his family and the warmer weather in Brazil. The club allowed me to come and I am here in the North East of Brazil. We took a house over here with some space for the kids as well and we are spending this time here. It is really nice. Now we are spending more time with the kids, my wife and family and it is a different situation. Most of the time you are away, and you have to travel, sometimes you just sleep at home two or three days a week because most of the time you are away. So now we spend seven days a week at home and you discover a new life. I am enjoying that time. My daughter helped me in the first few days and now my son also helps me. It is the best way to work and to keep happy