Fernandinho enjoying life in Manchester
- 09 November 2013 09:25
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
City's Brazilian midfielder is settling into life in Manchester - with a little help from his friends.
City’s summer recruit was keen on a move to the Premier League, and explained how it is living up to his expectations.
The Brazilian said: "Everything I imagined is happening. There are lots of games, the games are hard and the stadia are full. It is exactly how I pictured it would be."
He added: "When anyone arrives in a new place, I think the best idea is to gather as much information as possible.
"Off the pitch, I needed to rent a house, buy a car, know where this is, know where that is. I am constantly asking the English guys and they are able to guide me. At the club, it is the same. For example, I will get to the club and the schedule is up and some things might have changed. If you have never experienced it before, you can be a bit confused. I ask my team-mates and they can explain. They help a lot."
Smells like team spirit…(sorry).
Elsewhere, City travel to Sunderland this weekend hoping to reverse the recent trend of disappointing results on Wearside.
It’s been five years since the Sky Blues last emerged victorious at the Stadium of Light, but Sky Sports’ Paul Merson has predicted this could be the game to end the wait.
He writes: “This is not a happy hunting ground for Man City. They have lost 1-0 there in each of the last three seasons, but despite the stats I'm sure Sunderland aren't looking forward to this one. I'm sure they'd rather be playing Crystal Palace at home, put it that way. I think Man City will end that run because they are just playing too well at the moment.
“I also think it will be impossible for them to stop Sergio Aguero. I seriously don't know how anybody can stop him at the moment.”
The form of City’s frontmen has been a recurring theme in recent weeks, the sizzling partnership between Aguero and Alvaro Negredo delighting fans and media observers.
Peter Thompson’s preview on Goal.co.uk has also stressed that the duo could be the difference and see City take home all three points this time around.
Thompson reports: “City will be full of confidence having qualified for the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time with a 5-2 beating of CSKA Moscow in midweek - a result that followed up a 7-0 hammering of Norwich last Saturday.
“But they must address their away form if they are to challenge for the Premier League title, having won just once in five matches on their travels this term.
“Pellegrini's men will also need to improve their poor recent record at Sunderland. The 2011-12 champions have lost 1-0 on each of their last three top-flight trips to the Stadium of Light.
“However, in Sergio Aguero and Alvaro Negredo City have a strike duo in fine form.
“Aguero was named Premier League player of the month for October on Friday, after scoring four goals in three league matches.
“Negredo, meanwhile, scored a hat-trick in the victory over CSKA, meaning he has five goals in his last three outings.”
Roll on Sunday 2.05pm…