Soccerway: Fernandinho loving life under Pellegrini
- 29 October 2013 08:36
- Posted by @markbooth_mcfc
Summer signing Fernandinho was one of the standout performers in the narrow defeat to Chelsea on Sunday.
The Brazilian looks to have settled in to life at the Etihad Stadium, making 12 appearances in all competitions in his first three months on English shores.
His new partnership with Yaya Toure has been one of the features of these early stages of the Premier League campaign and the Londrina-born man revealed that he is enjoying life under City boss, Manuel Pellegrini.
"My opinion about him (Pellegrini) is really positive," Fernandinho told Perform. "The good results are happening.
"During matches we thought could be tough - Bayern in the Champions League for example, it was a tough game - the team did not behave well, but we could react after that game.
"He is doing a great job. He is putting the winning mentality in the group because City in the past two, three years could not pass through the group stage at Champions League."
"So he is telling us all the time we have to qualify for the next stage and win the Premier League matches as well in order to be in the top three. So at the end of the season we can have real chances to win the title.”
The 29-year old also shared his lofty ambitions for the UEFA Champions League this season.
"Our aim is really clear," he added. "Our goal is to be in the final in Lisbon on May 25th. All of us have this aim to be in this final.
"We started the tournament with a new team. A team that was being rebuilt. We had some tough moments but the team is coping well with that.
"Every day, every training session, every game we are becoming a more consistent team. I believe if we pass through the group stage, our team has a big chance to go further in the competition."
Elsewhere, the media’s obsession with Joe Hart shows no sign of abating.
According to numerous publications, England’s no.1 and the three-time Premier League golden gloves winner is likely to be dropped for the Norwich City game on Saturday.
If you want to read more, throw a hat into your newsagent and it’ll probably land on a paper running the same story.
Finally, though he only signed a new six-year deal at City in July, Vincent Kompany is said to be a transfer target of Ligue 1 outfit, Monaco.
Charles Perrin of the Daily Express believes that the City captain is admired by Monaco owner Dimitry Rybolovlev, who could move on that interest in the January transfer window.
“The towering Belgian defender was linked with the free-spending Ligue 1 giants and Barcelona though neither side were able to firm up their interest,” Perrin reports.
“Kompany missed the Chelsea game with a calf injury that he has been struggling to shake off.
“But Monaco it seems are undeterred and will go on the offensive to prise Kompany from the Etihad.”
...Charles Perrin - Daily Express...
Remember that the only place to read confirmed transfer stories this summer is here on mcfc.co.uk.
Perhaps don’t hold your breath on that one though!
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