Pep Guardiola backs Fernandinho for defensive role at Manchester City

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has said that Fernandinho can find success in the central defensive role as he approaches the final years of his professional career. The Brazil international was recently slotted into the centre-back position alongside Nicolas Otamendi for the Arsenal game and this had raised eyebrows, consider Guardiola had John Stones at his disposal on the bench.

Speaking in a press conference, Guardiola said that the veteran has the attributes to succeed at the heart of the backline despite approaching the twilight of his professional career, he said: “I am pretty sure he can play in that position. He's fast, he's strong in the air and when he has the football in front of him he sees the passes inside, his switch of play is excellent. He is intelligent to [know when to] go forwards and go backwards, he understands everything. He has to train more at it, but I think he can do it. But of course, his position is a midfield player.”

Sky Sports pundit Danny Mills says Gabriel Jesus will have to wait for his chance

Sky Sports pundit Danny Mills has said that Sergio Aguero remains the first-choice pick for the centre-forward role at Manchester City despite the promising form of Gabriel Jesus this term. The duo have regularly been swapped for the striking duties of late but Aguero has seemingly got a head start amid his strong impact in the big games.

Speaking on Sky Sports News, Mills highlighted that Aguero is four years ahead of where Jesus wants to be with the former’s movement and sharpness being a delight to watch. He added that Aguero should remain the undisputed choice to lead the line, provided he can maintain his fitness, he said: "In and around the box his [Aguero’s] movement and his sharpness is class. When he plays for Man City he adds a different dimension. He is three or four years ahead of where Jesus wants to be, if he's fit he is first name on the teamsheet."

The pressure is back on Liverpool after Manchester City defeat – Fernandinho

Brazil international Fernandinho has said that Liverpool are likely to feel the pressure at the top of the Premier League after their recent 2-1 defeat at the hands of Manchester City. The Reds had the opportunity to go 10 points clear of the holders in midweek but that unfortunately did not happen with the Citizens coming up with a strong performance.

Speaking after the game, Fernandinho highlighted that the onus is on Jurgen Klopp’s side to win every match and anything less may bring the Citizens back into the mix for the title, he told Sky Sports: "Four points is going to be interesting for the rest of the season for both teams. They are still leaders and they have a lot of games to play as well. It is not easy to stay there at the top because the pressure is so high. You have to win every game, so we will see what happens in the end. Everyone has this responsibility in mind, to play good football, to try to win every game. You have to prove it in every game, not just on one day."

Gabriel Jesus got ‘scared’ after World Cup scoring woes

Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus has admitted that his season with the Citizens has been hampered by what happened with him during the summer World Cup in Russia. The Brazil international had gone into the tournament with the aim of becoming their leading star but his performances were far from impressive with no goals in the five outings before the team’s quarter-final elimination.

Speaking to Globo TV, Jesus acknowledged that the disappointment was a particular blow for him, given he had not managed to meet the expectations of the country on the big stage, he said:“That elimination of ours was a blow for all of us, especially for me. I went to the World Cup as a key player and I ended up not scoring. It affects you. I was scarred by that. People will always remember Gabriel who did not score in the World Cup.”

Brazil manager reveals his plans for Manchester City star Fernandinho

Brazil manager Tite has said that Fernandinho remains in his national team plans despite ignoring him since the conclusion of the summer World Cup. The 33-year-old has been a vital figure at the heart of the Selecao’s midfield over the past five years but he has fallen out-of-favour of late with young players in the form of Arthur, Walace, and Allan earning the recognition.

Despite this, Tite has said that Fernandinho still has the chance to return to the national setup, though he can’t assure him of an appearance at the next World Cup, he said: “He will return. I see moral and technical reasons for him to be here. I don’t know if he’ll be picked for the World Cup because of his age, but in the short-term, yes – (because of) his technical quality, the level he is playing at, and his moral quality.”

Sergio Busquets heaps praise on Brazilian teammate after Inter Milan draw

Barcelona superstar Sergio Busquets has heaped praise on Brazilian teammate Malcom after he made a key impact during the 1-1 Champions League draw against Inter Milan on Tuesday night. The 21-year-old joined the Blaugrana from Bordeaux during the summer but he had to wait until late October to earn his maiden start in the Copa Del Rey.

As such, there were already rumours suggesting that he could part ways with the Catalan giants in the New Year but he managed to prove his worth against the Nerazzurri. Malcom scored within two minutes coming off the bench during the dying stages of the second half but his effort were not sufficient to hand the three points with Mauro Icardi levelling the scores before injury-time.

Sergio Busquets heaps praise on Brazilian teammate after Inter Milan draw

Barcelona superstar Sergio Busquets has heaped praise on Brazilian teammate Malcom after he made a key impact during the 1-1 Champions League draw against Inter Milan on Tuesday night. The 21-year-old joined the Blaugrana from Bordeaux during the summer but he had to wait until late October to earn his maiden start in the Copa Del Rey.

As such, there were already rumours suggesting that he could part ways with the Catalan giants in the New Year but he managed to prove his worth against the Nerazzurri. Malcom scored within two minutes coming off the bench during the dying stages of the second half but his effort were not sufficient to hand the three points with Mauro Icardi levelling the scores before injury-time.

Ederson Moraes SaysAlisson Deserves Number One Role for Brazil

After Brazil struggled big time in order to produce top quality goalkeepers, the Premier League has witnessed a huge influx of Brazilian goalkeepers in the last couple of years. Manchester City brought in Ederson Moraes from Benfica for a fee of £35 million back at the start of 2017. This made him the most expensive goalkeeper in the world at that period. This was quickly eclipsed by Liverpool’s stunning acquisition of Alisson from Roma for around £65 million. Both goalkeepers have made excellent start to life in the Premier League unlike their compatriots before and this is seen as a vital shift for Brazilian football.

Both players are going for the number one position in the Brazilian national team. Alisson has been the undisputed Brazilian number one for the last couple of years and he has already made 32 appearances for the national team. However, it is expected that manager Tite will also give Ederson Moraes a consideration for the upcoming friendly against Saudi Arabia. The Manchester City goalkeeper is set to feature against Saudi Arabia before the number one spot goes back toAlisson for a competitive game against Argentina.Ederson claims that he has no issue is about being the number two in the national team squad, as he believes thatAlisson is a step ahead of him in a number of ways.

Richarlison sees Everton as a stepping stone to success

Brazilian attacker Richarlison has revealed that he is very happy to have made the switch to Everton while suggesting that the move could be the stepping-stone to pursue a bigger challenge in the future. The attacker has made a bright start to the season with Everton with three goals from as many matches but he has missed the previous three domestic games after receiving a straight red card.

In an interview with UOL Esporte, Richarlison has highlighted that he is content to have secured a fresh move with Everton and he is relishing the prospect of progressing further in his professional career. He added to state his ambition of becoming the top goal-getter during the ongoing league campaign while helping the club come closer to their quest for European football.

Paris Saint-Germain manager backs Neymar to bounce back

Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has backed Neymar to bounce back after his average showing for Brazil during the summer World Cup. The 26-year-old was injured for Paris Saint-Germain during the final three months of the previous campaign but he thereafter struggled to inspire Tite’s men to glory at the World Cup.

As a result, there has been plenty of criticism from the Brazil faithful regarding his showing but Tuchel has backed Neymar to return to his old self with Les Parisiens, he said: “Everything impacts everything. I don't think he needed this to be extra motivated. Of course, the whole Brazilian team expected more. Of course, it affects your approach to the players.

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