Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has told the club’s official website that Fernandinho is the player who kept his side together through tough moments.
City beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 on Saturday evening, with Rodri and an Ilkay Gundogan brace handing them all three points.
That’s now 11 Premier League wins in a row for City, and 13 in the last 15 games, whilst keeping 12 clean sheets in that staggering run.
Guardiola’s men are clear favourites for the title now, and few really expected that just a matter of months ago.
City won just three of their first eight Premier League games, and were struggling for goals before embarking on this amazing run.
Guardiola has now admitted that captain Fernandinho really kept the group together during that tricky run, hailing his leadership and value to the squad even if he doesn’t scre goals.
“I will be honest, I would love to have a player who scores every game, but I would not change any player we have now,” said Guardiola. “Look at our captain Fernandinho and how he helped us stick together in bad moments.”
“We had bad moments – we were 12th. That means we have been consistent in how we have turned this situation around. It may not be enough to win the titles but what we have done in the last months belongs to us,” he added.
Guardiola clearly loves Fernandinho, and the club will soon face a huge decision over the 35-year-old’s future given that he is out of contract this summer.
The Brazilian has spent almost eight years with City, but he isn’t getting any younger, and City need to decide whether he is worth an extension even if just as a captain to knit the squad together.