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Fernandinho: Man City more ambitious than Shakhtar Donetsk

Brazilian enjoying his role at City
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Fernandinho believes the major difference between Manchester City and former club Shakhtar Donetsk is the ambition of the English club.

The Brazilian also explained in-depth his role in the team and how it has differed from his days in Ukraine.

In the exclusive interview with FIFA th 28-year-old said: “The big difference has been the ambitions of the two clubs.

“City want to win every competition they enter. It’s the same with my team mates. They’re all internationals, with a wealth of experience in English or European football.

“My responsibility, at the end of the day, is much the same as it was, control the midfield and organise the team.

“I’ve always been told that the midfield is the heart of the team, the position that dictates the rhythm of the game. And as we’re a skillful team, built around keeping possession, a midfielder who knows what to do with the ball is very important."

His role in Manchester is more defensive minded that it was in Ukraine, and Fernandinho has been praised as one of the signings of the season recently.

He added: “In Ukraine I played a little further forward, and so I contributed to the team in a different way, by attacking more.

“At City I’m positioned further back and so I concentrate on my defensive responsibilities. Those are probably the main differences. 

“In terms of getting forward, as we have a lot of skillful players and a style of play based around one touch passing, keeping the ball on the ground and maintaining possession, the role of the midfielders is more about organising things.”


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