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Pep Guardiola reacts to Fernandinho's surprise decision

Tue 12 April 2022 | 14:41

Manchester City are not under pressure ahead of their Champions League meeting with Atletico Madrid, claims Pep Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola

thinks

Manchester City

cannot be "weary" as they compete on numerous fronts for the trophy.

Fernandinho

joined City from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013.

He has won four

Premier League

crowns, one FA Cup, and six EFL Cups. At 36, he is now Rodri's backup in Guardiola's midfield, and can even play center-back if needed. But Guardiola was caught off guard. "Oh, I'm sorry. You inform me, "When was City's manager going to face the media?

"I missed it. We'll see. What will happen? He is vital. I'll ask. We discuss towards the conclusion of the season, maybe about his family. I'd love it. We'll chat." Guardiola went on to praise Fernandinho, saying: "I enjoy how he acts behind the scenes this season. I know he has handled many of our players and stars for the squad. He was there when I arrived. We've known him since day one. A fantastic City player. There are things only I know."

Pep also mentioned his tough schedule. "We are towards the finish of the season, where you have to be grateful to be here," he said before the game. I wish I had more time, but you are not exhausted. You are not exhausted whether you are in the Champions League or FA Cup semi-finals."

In the opening leg, Atleti failed to shoot. The team with the fewest shots throughout two legs of a Champions League knockout tie is

Shakhtar Donetsk

against Bayern Munich in 2014-15. Guardiola expects a different challenge than the defensively tight club that visited the Etihad Stadium last week.

"It will be different," he said. "They create momentum at home. With all the passion and history they have, there will be times when they are aggressive and cause issues." Guardiola has faced Atleti six times as a manager (W3 L3), with his most recent defeat coming in the Champions League in 2015-16 with

Bayern Munich

.


source: SportMob

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