MEN: Ferna set for new role?
- 30 June 2014 07:58
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Could Fernandinho be set for a more advanced role in the City side next season?
The MEN’s Stuart Brennan thinks it’s a possibility and after seeing Ferna’s marauding runs against Cameroon last week as he finally won a place in the Brazil team, Manuel Pellegrini may agree.
Ferna has been one half of a holding midfield pair that was sometimes Yaya Toure, occasionally Javi Garcia – but with Fernando’s arrival, could the Samba star about be set free from his defensive responsibilities?
Writes Brennan: “Fernandinho has finally forced his way into the World Cup finals, his ‘perfect’ season getting better and better.
“And for City fans watching the amiable Brazilian midfielder help his national team to the World Cup quarter-finals, it may also be a sneak preview of next season.
“Manuel Pellegrini will have been as disappointed as any Chilean as Ferna and his pals knocked out their national team in a penalty shoot-out in the last 16.
“But he may be consoled by the fact his master plan to improve City next season, especially in the Champions League, is coming together nicely.
Fernandinho began the tournament on the bench, a puzzle to regular Premier League watchers as he totally out-shone Spurs’ Paulinho last season
“With Brazil stuttering against Cameroon in their final group game, the Blues midfielder went on at half-time and gave his team control of the match.
“He was instrumental in Fred’s goal that gave Brazil breathing space, and popped up in the box to net a first World Cup goal.
“That meant he kept his place in the last 16 tussle with Chile and, while he was not as impressive, the fact he appeared in the opposition box as much as his own showed the freedom he is given by Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.”
Staying with the World Cup, 3news report that City skipper Vincent Kompany, who has been plagued by niggling injuries for several months, could miss Belgium’s Round of 16 clash with the USA.
Kompany – looking at from City’s perspective – could probably do with a good rest after a long season with the Blues, but don’t be surprised to him patched up and playing against the Americans.
“City's Kompany missed training at the Belgian base camp in Mogi das Cruzes, while Arsenal's Thomas Vermaelen went through a light work-out alone.
‘Vincent is on a special programme and we hope he can be back in training by Monday. We will see but he's still a big doubt,’ Wilmots said.
‘But things are improving and his recovery is going to plan. He's feeling better and he's able to move freely now. But we will wait until tomorrow.’”
Meanwhile Sports Mole carry quotes from Swiss Admir Mehmedi who claims he has no fear of facing Blues’ idol Pablo Zabaleta when the pair meet tomorrow evening.
Argentina take on Switzerland for a place in the last eight and the Mehmedi says he wilk go into the game confident he can get the upper hand.
They report: “Switzerland attacker Admir Mehmedi is confident that he can get the better of Argentina right-back Pablo Zabaleta in Tuesday's second-round World Cup clash.
“Having been deployed in a wide role in the tournament thus far, the 23-year-old is expected to come up against the Manchester City defender in this week's game in Sao Paulo.
“However, Mehmedi insists that he will not hid from his opposite number and expects to be given plenty of space as a result of Zabaleta's attacking instincts.
‘He is very aggressive in tackles, a very attacking defender but I think the Honduran full-backs were also very offensive,’ he told reporters.
‘I had to work a lot in defence. But it is also clear when a full-back is that attack-minded, there will be spaces for me. I don't need to hide from Zabaleta.’”
For his sake, let's hope Pablo isn't reading this...