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Saturday 16 December 2017

'Big step' for City

Fernandinho. PIc: PA
Fernandinho. PIc: PA

Fernandinho feels Manchester City have made a significant step towards qualification for the Champions League knockout stages after opening with successive wins.

City have won their first two group games for the first time after following up their 4-0 win at Feyenoord with a 2-0 defeat of Shakhtar Donetsk at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.

City are already three points clear at the top of Group F but, with back-to-back games against Serie A leaders Napoli ahead, the good start needs to be built upon.

Midfielder Fernandinho, who joined Ciy from Shakhtar in 2013, said: "It was an important step for us. We knew we were going to play against a very good team who would create a lot of problems for us.

"I think we made a huge step towards qualification for the next stage. This is good. If you want to be top of the group you have to win most of the points possible.

"Two in a row in the group stage is nice but now we have to think abo ut Napoli because it is going to be a tough game for us."

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