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Manchester City’s Fernandinho describes playing in the Copa Libertadores

England is a walk in the park compared to the Libertadores
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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has cast his memory back to his days in the Copa Libertadores with the knock-out phase of the current competition starting this week.

The Brazilian played in the Libertadores with Atlético Paranaense and has revealed how bad it could be sometimes when playing away.

Fernandinho was speaking to the Daily Telegraph at the weekend.

The 28-year-old said: “When you play in the Copa Libertadores if you go to Paraguay, Argentina and Ecuador, as you approach the stadium you get attacked from all sides with stones, sticks and posts. That’s different.

“If you play the Copa Libertadores, you get those kinds of things everywhere, in every country.”

The City midfielder went on to discuss a time he had when playing in Bolivia and also an unforgettable moment in Colombia.

Fernandinho added: “For example, in Bolivia, they put you up [in a hotel] on top of a remote hill and you spend three or four hours on the bus travelling to the city where you actually play the match.

“I only played one Libertadores cup game in Colombia and two or three days before there had been an earthquake there so you can imagine what impact that had on the players’ state of mind to have to play football in those situations.

“South America is like that more or less everywhere.”


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