Fernandinho: Brazil have mental strength to succeed
- 02 July 2014 08:03
- Posted by @porter_mcfc
As we head past the round of 16 and into World Cup quarter final territory, five City stars still remain in Brazil with a chance to lift the coveted trophy.
The hosts was the first to book their place in the last eight, and Fernandinho reckons they have the mental strength to go all the way, regardless of the huge pressure heaped on the narrow shoulders of this young squad.
A hard-fought encounter with Chile that was eventually decided from the penalty spot has convinced the midfielder, who has forced his way into a competitive starting XI, that the preparation is paying off.
The Daily Star quote him as saying: "We have been preparing ever since we first got together on May 26.
"We have worked on the psychological side and there is no need to do any of that now. What matters now is to show what we can do on the pitch.
"We have a very big responsibility representing a country of 200 million people who hope for happiness and better days through football.
"We still kept our concentration at the decisive moment when it came to penalties."
A meeting with the tournament’s surprise package, Colombia awaits and the midfielder admits he is worried about the damage that star man James Rodriguez could cause Scolari’s men.
Fernandinho added: "In this World Cup he is showing everyone that the money Monaco paid for him was well invested.
"The less space he gets against us, the better it will be for Brazil."
Elsewhere, we have crossed the imaginary bridge into July, so expect even more transfer rumours, speculation and hearsay than before.
Why yes, it does seem that’s possible.
The rumour mill has already suggested Atletico Madrid are interested in the Spanish striker, and after a debut season which yielded 23 goals it seems his qualities haven’t gone unnoticed in London either.
Writes Adrian Kajumba: “New Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is ready to head-to-head with Atletico Madrid for the £20m-rated Manchester City hitman.
“Pochettino wants to shake-up his strike force for next season.
“Negredo hit 23 goals during his debut campaign for City but missed out on Spain's World Cup squad after making just 21 league starts.
“Freshening up his frontline with a top quality addition is one of Pochettino's main priorities this summer.”
Hmm. We'll see...
The centre back has had a regular stint in this summer’s media round-ups, and if this story can be believed, he might be sticking around for a while yet, while City wait for Roma to sign a replacement.
Reports Ed Malyon: “Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia, but are sweating on the Serie A giants' ability to sign a replacement.
“Manuel Pellegrini is exceptionally keen on the Moroccan defender after an impressive season at the Olimpico and is willing to unload £30million to secure his signing this summer.
“But having qualified for the Champions League, Roma are in no rush to sell and will only let the wantaway Benatia depart if they can sign players good enough for a title challenge and to compete in Europe's top club competition.”
Well, I’m glad we got that cleared up.
As ever, rumours and gossip abound, but no ins or outs are confirmed until you read it right here on mcfc.co.uk.