Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho expressed his delight at reaching a century of UEFA Champions League appearances following City's 0-0 draw with Sporting CP.

The Brazilian captained the side at the Etihad Stadium as we advance to the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite competition with a 5-0 aggregate victory. 

And Fernandinho took the opportunity to thank those that have helped him on his footballing journey after reaching his latest milestone.


He said: “I am so proud of that (reaching 100 Champions League appearances) and I am so grateful to both teams I have played for (Manchester City and Shakhtar Donetsk).

“It is a big achievement for me and thanks to my teammates and anyone who was involved in that.”

Although City were unable to break down Sporting’s stubborn defence at the Etihad Stadium, Fernandinho remained positive following the match.

Indeed, the 36-year-old emphasised the importance of maintaining our performance levels following our win over Manchester United at the weekend. 

“It was important to keep playing good, especially after the game we played on Sunday”, he explained.


“Some players come in and it is important to get some minutes to keep everyone going in the same direction. 

“We played the same way we always play, we didn’t get so many chances to score goals.

“Second half we scored a goal but it was offside and at the end of the game we got some more chances but that is football sometimes, you don’t get so lucky.”