The Manchester City midfielder warns their title rivals that confidence is high at the Etihad.
The Blues have currently gone four games without a win, the first time they have done so under Manuel Pellegrini, but the Brazilian midfielder insists they are in good spirits after drawing 1-1 with Chelsea.
That draw came after defeats against Arsenal and Middlesbrough, as well as a draw with Everton in which they were pegged back after taking the lead through Fernandinho's header.
However, the midfielder insists that the draw at Stamford Bridge has restored the side’s self belief, something that has been strengthened with the news that Samir Nasri is set to return this weekend having missed a month with a groin injury.
“We wanted to win the game to close the gap but the most important thing for me was that it was our best performance for a while,” Fernandinho said to the Express.
“Going forward our players have quality and when they feel confidence in our defence they can create a lot of chances. We are feeling confident again and that is good for everyone. The important thing is that we must play every match in the same way, from first minute to last, for the rest of the season.”
The game at Stamford Bridge saw both sides without key men, but ultimately Chelsea were happy to see out the draw and gain a point against their title rivals, with Manchester City the side that looked more likely to win the game. Now, Fernandinho says that the side can take encouragement from that fact and build upon it in future.
“We just played our way from the first minute until the last minute and didn’t change anything,” he added.
“If Chelsea changed their players, taking off a forward and putting on a defender, it is the way their manager thinks is the best for them. More important for me is that we played very well.”