fernandinho has backed children cj egan-riley and lucas mbete to carry out if required in the absence of the injured kyle walker, john stones and rúben dias as manchester city searching for to keep the most appropriate league identify.
dias turned into forced out of sunday’s five-0 win over newcastle united on the etihad stadium due to a hamstring damage and pep guardiola later stated he, stones and walker will not play for metropolis inside the last 3 matches of the season.
at the same time as fernandinho changed dias, the nineteen-12 months-vintage egan-riley made his league debut as an 87th-minute substitute for aymeric laporte. mbete, who is 18, was an unused member of the matchday squad and has yet to play in the foremost league.
nathan aké’s ankle trouble makes the defender a critical doubt for wednesday’s trip to wolves which means one among egan-riley or mbete can be below consideration to start, despite the fact that guardiola’s alternatives consist of shifting rodri from midfield into his rearguard
“we’ve got a few damage troubles now and on the cease of the season that is everyday,” stated fernandinho. “it’s far a pride for me to look a number of the young lads coming in and gambling because they have an opportunity to play with us [now] and we understand what they are capable of. they show each day in every [training] consultation that they are able to play for manchester town first team – he [egan-riley] were given his opportunity to play a few minutes and that i’m overjoyed for him.”
town are three points in advance of liverpool, who also have 3 video games left, with a superior goal distinction of four, and fernandinho became thrilled with their show in opposition to newcastle in light in their heartbreaking champions league semi-final defeat to real madrid some days earlier.
“sure, it was a excellent response however on the identical time we’re focusing on ourselves and recognize the name is in our palms,” said the brazilian. “it doesn’t remember what they [liverpool] do over there, we must preserve going. this is what we are looking to do, focus on ourselves however i idea it became a terrific reaction after defeat in madrid, in particular for our enthusiasts and ourselves due to the fact whilst you lose a healthy like this the self belief can cross a little bit down. but no longer simply the end result, the overall performance universal was honestly right and we’re in reality glad approximately that.”
if metropolis do keep the championship it’ll be fernandinho’s fifth for a membership he plans on leaving within the summer season. “every name is sweet,” he said. “it’s going to be one extra – with a bit extra sugar.”