The potential for rotation for the EFL Cup fourth round tie sparked debate about possible team line-ups, while there was plenty of pick-up on boss Pep Guardiola's backing for star striker Sergio Aguero.
That was exactly what happened this weekend when Fernandinho replied to a fan in Brazil and invited him to be his mascot during the game against Southampton.
The Brazilian agreed to join City from Palmeiras in the summer – but he won’t join up with his new team-mates until the Brazilian league season is finishes in December.
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