Former Manchester City skipper trusts The Brazil international veteran is indispensable to Pep Guardiola's strategies, with his adaptability being useful on many occasions.
star Fernandinho has demonstrated himself to be "the ultimate defensive midfielder in this era", insists previous Blues captain Richard Dunne, with the adaptable Brazilian considered to sit over any semblance of N'Golo Kante and Casemiro.
moved from Shakhtar Donetsk and joined Cityzens in 2013 to give cover to City's back-four.
He won threePremier League
trophies and five League Cups en route, with 320 appearances for the Blues taken in across seven fruitful years.
City has required him to venture back to the defense line many times, with that positional switch made no sweat for the 35-year-old.
Dunne believes Fernandinho is one of the bests in his position, above Chelsea and Real Madrid stars mentioned above.
“He’s the ultimate defensive midfielder in this era,” the ex-City skipper told the club’s official website.
“Having him as the organiser is so, so valuable. Even when he plays centre-half, he’s missed in midfield!
“He does it brilliantly well and doesn’t look out of place, but you can tell he’s not in the midfield.”
Fernandinho has been limited to only seven appearances in all rivalries this season, with a thigh injury compelling him into the treatment room, yet he has been enlisted once again for the game against Olympiakos in theChampions League
which they won 1-0.
Paul Dickov is charmed to see the Brazilian got back to Pep Guardiola's squad, with his quality indispensable to City's aspiration.
The former Blues forward said:
“Fernandinho has been sorely missed when he’s out.
“He didn’t get the credit that he deserved initially, but he’s the unsung hero of the team really.
“He breaks things up and lets the [Kevin] De Bruynes and [Raheem] Sterlings do what they do
“The last four or five years he’s sat in deep midfield and been one of the best midfielders in the world.”