Pep Guardiola will handle Fernandinho’s health this season to make sure the veteran can nonetheless play a significant position in Manchester Metropolis’s season.
The 35-year-old was a shock choice in midfield for the opening video games of the 2020/21 marketing campaign – sitting alongside Rodri with John Stones picked as Nathan Ake’s accomplice in central defence – and was glorious within the 3-1 win.
Metropolis tried to herald a successor to Fernandinho within the 2018 summer season switch window and thought they’d succeeded with Rodri a 12 months later. Aymeric Laporte’s long-term harm and the unreliability of Stones and Nicolas Otamendi noticed Fernandinho used usually at centre-back final season, and it was anticipated that he would proceed there given the remaining uncertainty in that place.
Nevertheless, he performed subsequent to Rodri in his extra acquainted position at Wolves and confirmed why he’s so extremely rated on the Etihad and past. Whereas he might drop into defence in future video games, what is for certain is that Guardiola expects to make use of the brand new membership captain as a lot as his physique can handle.
“He’ll be actually vital,” stated the supervisor. “He is 35 years outdated and he can’t play each three days.
“Final 12 months he struggled so much to be match for a lot of the season however he performed very well with Rodri [against Wolves]. They have been each good with and with out the ball.
“This [Wolves] staff is so good to play in opposition to, they’ve created an unimaginable staff via the years and we suffered two defeats in opposition to them final season. It was an extremely robust one right here final season once we performed 80 minutes with 10 males and misplaced on the finish.
“That is why this was an unimaginable victory for us within the scenario that we now have. It is good however 111 factors left. It is a good begin although.”