City are currently eight points off top spot in the Premier League race, with cross-country rivals Chelsea leading the division with 29 points from 11 games.
Whilst the Blues have remained undefeated in all competitions this term, City have already lost twice in the Premier League, have been knocked out of the League Cup, and look unlikely to secure qualification to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
Whilst the Manchester giants look off-form when taking to the field of play - with just one win in their last six games - and are said to be considering the future of head coach Manuel Pellegrini, many are hoping that their run of bad results is merely a blip in their season that will be overcome when the Premier League returns this weekend. A positive result against Swansea - who could draw level on points with City if they clinch victory at the Etihad - could be the catalyst needed to kick-start the Citizen’s season, and finally mount a serious title challenge.
However, even if City put in a run of strong performances in an attempt to topple Chelsea’s position atop the Premier League table, they need the Blues to endure a period of bad form themselves, and defensive midfielder Fernando is confident that the West Londoners will go through the same problems that City have suffered with.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, the summer signing from Porto said: “We know that the English league is very competitive, with big teams.
“Of course Chelsea is the team that is best placed and playing better, but we know that all teams within the league fluctuate greatly.
“We did not start well, we had some difficulties, but we know that at any time Chelsea will also go through these difficulties and then we have to work to stay as close as possible.”
Despite their troubles in the Premier League, Fernando has insisted that it is actually City’s failure in the Champions League that has been the real worry this season.
“What has hampered the most is not the Premier League,” he added. “The Champions League is where we are wrong.”