At the beginning of the season, Aymeric Laporte and John Stones found themselves on sidelines with injury. Pep Guardiola had to deploy Fernandinho in a deeper role, with Rodri taking his position at the base of City’s midfield.
And speaking on that, The Brazilian feels good playing in central defence for Man City and is confident he can improve in the unfamiliar position.
“I feel good,” Fernandinho said of his new position. “Of course, I have the help of my teammates and manager. It’s been great for me, trying to do my best as always since I signed for City.
“Sometimes you feel you have to improve a little bit – but that’s beauty of football. You can. Every morning, you can make it happen.”
Fernandinho, the ageing midfielder, will turn 35 by the end of this season has enjoyed an long and honours laden career for both club as well as for his country. He revealed there is plenty of years left at the top of the game and is not thinking about hanging up his boots any time soon.
“I just thank God for that because he gave me a body for it,” Fernandinho told City’s website. “Of course, I have to take care of myself, but the staff help take care of us.
“We have a really good team behind the scenes, and this helps us a lot. We prepare first the mind, then the body and then just go.
“I always say I will play until my mind allows me. If I am happy and motivated to train every day fresh, I will play, but I don’t want to say I will be 37, 38…we will see.”