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Thursday 20 September 2018

Fernandinho insists tough week in past

Manchester City's Fernandinho during training. Photo: Reuters
Manchester City's Fernandinho during training. Photo: Reuters

Fernandinho insists Manchester City’s players have already consigned their nightmarish last week to the past as they seek to salvage their Champions League status.

A 3-0 defeat to Liverpool in the first leg of their quarter-final at Anfield was followed by a 3-2 loss at home in the Manchester derby having led 2-0 at half-time.

It is the first time in Pep Guardiola’s managerial career that he has conceded three times in back-to-back matches.

City’s players have huge questions to answer about their mentality but their holding midfielder says it is up to the more experienced members of the squad to pull things together.

“It was a tough week for us, two defeats in a week, but that’s in the past already,” said the Brazilian.

“Our focus is on the second leg against Liverpool and the only way to play good football is to be positive. Of course we know two defeats are not easy but that happens to the best teams in the world.

“Now’s the time for experienced players to take over and take charge. What we have done this season is amazing and we have a chance to go through in the Champions League. It won’t be easy. They (Liverpool) are a team who fight for the ball and try to keep the players in the middle but we will be ready for tomorrow’s game.”

Fernandinho admits City will have to walk something of a tightrope tomorrow night as conceding one goal will leave them having to score five.

“We start 3-0 down and we have to go forward,” he added.

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