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Fernandinho: Every game is like a cup final

Mental fortitude and team togetherness were both vital in helping City beat Aston Villa, according to Fernandinho.

In an eventful tie at Villa Park, we had to overcome our fair share of adversity to move within eight points of claiming the Premier League title.

The hosts found themselves ahead inside 20 seconds through John McGinn, but City responded with goals from Phil Foden and Rodrigo before the break.

However, we were reduced to ten within minutes of taking the lead when John Stones saw red following a VAR review for a high challenge on Jacob Ramsey.

Villa also had Matty Cash dismissed for a second bookable offence in the second half, but City still had to dig deep to grind out what Pep Guardiola described as one of our most important results of the season.

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Fernandinho agreed with the boss’ sentiment, insisting that every single one of his teammates played their part in a battling victory.

“The guys were amazing, Phil (Foden), Gundo (Gundogan), Oleks (Zinchenko), Riyad (Mahrez), Kyle (Walker), everyone on the pitch was amazing,” our captain declared.

“I'm so pleased for everyone and so happy because winning a game that way shows the character and personality of the team.

“We showed the fans we want to be champions as soon as possible.

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“All the games are going to be a final for us, today was another one.

“On Sunday we have another one and then Wednesday, a Champions League one as well.

"All the guys know that and we go every game for that, try to win every game.”

Hear our skipper in full, including his thoughts on Phil Foden’s standout performance, by watching the video above…

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