Manchester City's Fernandinho still adjusting to English weather

A snow storm in the West Midlands came as something of a culture shock to Manchester City's Fernandinho, even after competing in Ukraine.

Having spent eight years in Ukraine with Shakhtar Donetsk, you would imagine that Fernandinho had been toughened to the demands of competing in sub-zero temperatures.

The Brazilian midfielder has, however, endured something of a culture shock in England.

He is into his second season with Premier League champions Manchester City, but got his first taste of how tough the festive schedule can be at West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day.

City battled their way through a blizzard in the Black Country to secure a 3-1 victory, but the conditions left them drained and a two-goal lead was surrendered in their next outing against Burnley.

Fernandinho admits he and his fellow Samba stars at the Etihad Stadium have never experienced anything like what City endured at The Hawthorns, with the English weather and fixture list testing them to the fullest.

He said in the Manchester Evening News: “I didn’t play in weather like this in Ukraine many times, because we had a break! I have only played in conditions like that two or three times in my life, and that last game in Birmingham was really bad!

“And Fernando played in Portugal, where it is always summer – he complains about the weather.

“It is not easy to play two games, travel and keep the same performance in 48 hours. We tried to do it but unfortunately we couldn’t. Now we have three days to recover and prepare for the next game and I hope we can do better.”

A 2-2 draw with Burnley on Sunday means City remain three points adrift of Chelsea in the battle for top-flight supremacy.

Their next outing sees Sunderland visit Manchester on January 3, with Manuel Pellegrini hoping to enjoy a positive opening to 2015.

Fernandinho and co will be expected to play their part, with it important for City to ensure that there are no distractions as they chase down back-to-back title successes.

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