Men's Team

"We just need to be ourselves" says Fernandinho

City skipper Fernandinho believes it should be business as usual against Chelsea on Saturday evening.


As the players fine tune ahead of the biggest game in the Club’s history, the inspirational Brazilian believes everything should be as it has throughout the season in order to get the result desired.


“This season especially in the Champions League knockout games, we showed how capable we were,” said Ferna.


“Playing Dortmund away and conceding first; PSG away and conceding first and then turning it around, we have shown what we can do.


“So my message is keep playing the same way, because this was one of the key reasons this team reached the final.


“Everyone is talking about the final, it’s important now to handle the pressure, try to be relaxed as much as we can, think about the game and the jobs we have to do - do what we have done and don't change a thing.


“We need to keep our principles, play simple football - that’s the way to handle the pressure and play the final. That’s my message. Don't change a thing and keep going the same way and be relaxed as much as we can.




“Obviously to win the Champions League would be a major accomplishment


“To be a Brazilian and have the opportunity to win is fantastic and it's a proud moment for everyone.


“I hope we can do well during the game, play well and after, enjoy the moment.


“It’ll for sure be one of the proudest moments of my life.”


Asked whether Phil Foden’s performances in the Champions League have been a surprise to Ferna, he said: “Personally, I am not surprised at all because Foden has been with us for, almost five years already.


“He has grown up so much and the quality he has is hard to find in other players. The desire he has is incredible. He grew up so much in this season.


“He’s played more minutes and that is important for every player. He did it with his feet on the ground and that is one of the reasons he is at the level he is now. He has become a very important player for this team. I hope he can keep going the same way in future. 



"Obviously now he turns 21 now and is becoming older. He changed his understanding of the game - to play for City you have to understand how this team works, how we play, understand your teammate’s movements.


“This kind of understanding he learned so much in the past few years. That’s one of the reasons he became one of the most important players in the squad.”


Earlier in the combined press conference, Pep Guardiola admitted selecting just 11 players to start tomorrow will be a fantastically difficult thing to do.


The City boss says it’s the worst thing about being a manager and his captain has sympathy for his manager. 


“It’s not an easy job for Pep, you know,” he said.


“To tell the starting XI before the game is so hard, but it’s part of the game. You never know what can happen.


“Anyone can come in at any time of the game and you have to be ready. It’s important. Everyone has been important in the process, the games we have won - everyone has been involved.


“The final won't be different. My message to the players is the same: be ready because you are important and you never know when you will be needed.


“I hope we can be well prepared, play good football and get the result.”