Fernandinho reveals Guardiola’s magic in City’s turnaround

Sun 25 April 2021 | 5:17

After a slow start to the season, where they sat eighth in the league table at the beginning of 2020, they regained their stunning form to sit 11 points clear of rivals United at top of the table.

Fernandinho compared his side's winning mentality to being in the eye of a hurricane, and revealed how the Spanish manager whipped the team back into shape.

"The attitude, the body language, the effort from some players, it was just obvious. You know exactly the kind of session I’m talking about, right? Misplaced passes, players not tracking back, not running, not looking interested," he told the

Players' Tribune

of that period.

"This was not us. This was not the team that had won two titles in a row, or that had set a record points total. 

"After that session, Pep came and spoke to me as captain, as the leader of the team. He was blunt. He told me that not everyone was at 100%. And, in this team, when you come to train, you do it at 100%, or you stay home. Once you enter the pitch, there is no conversation, no negotiation. 

"He was right. And he made it clear that the responsibility for keeping those standards rested with me.

"We were still at a point in the campaign where we could turn things around. Or we could passively watch it slide away.

"Our next game was away at Chelsea, who were flying in the league at the time. Before the match, I thought to myself, 'If these guys don’t run here, that’s it, I’m done!' I was ready to lose all morale.

"But, of course, we won. We won well. By half-time we were 3-0 up. We ran almost too much! 

"Thank God, since then we’ve been on an amazing, record-breaking run.

"We got back into the hurricane."

Manchester City will next face Tottenham in a Premier League clash on Sunday.

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