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Guardiola Admits Reliance On Fernandinho

Guardiola Admits Reliance On Fernandinho

Pep Guardiola admits Man City have missed Fernandinho badly recently although he won’t be looking to sign a back-up in January. Fernandinho sat out surprise back-to-back defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester, which saw City drop seven points off Liverpool’s pace at the top of the Premier League.

And the injured Brazil midfielder is not certain to face Southampton on Sunday despite training on Saturday. “It is not necessary to lose three games from four to say how important Fernandinho is to us,” Guardiola said. “It is a specific position, we don’t have his qualities again. He is an incredible player.”

 

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City tried to sign cover in the form of Jorginho in the summer although the Italy midfielder opted to follow boss Maurizio Sarri from Napoli to Chelsea instead. “We tried but when players don’t want to come what can we do?” Guardiola said. “I never in my career with Barcelona or Bayern Munich, I never complain about what they try to do, the clubs. They do their best because they want to win, too. They try to provide me with the best team possible and they did it.”

But though it is a problem City have sought to address in the past, Guardiola once again indicated there would be no signings in January. “I think the answer was clear two times about this issue,” he said.

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