Man City’s Fernando
Midfielder Fernando insists Manchester City’s failure to get past Huddersfield on Saturday had nothing to do with the changes made to the side.
City must replay their FA Cup fifth-round tie against the Championship outfit after being held to a goalless draw at the John Smith’s Stadium.
With Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Monaco in mind, manager Pep Guardiola made eight changes for the game, but Fernando dismissed that as a factor to give credit to the hosts.
“I don’t think that influenced us. We train every day and we listen to what our manager says, it didn’t affect us,” he said. “Maybe some players didn’t get into the rhythm but we played well. Unfortunately we didn’t score.
“We had chances and, of course, we wanted to score and win but they played well and the result was difficult for us. We knew they were a good team, we watched their games and knew their qualities. They are third in the Championship, so we knew they were going to be difficult.”
City’s progressions incorporated a begin for top scorer Sergio Aguero after three diversions as a substitute yet the productive Argentinian was stuck between a rock and a hard place before objective, being denied by Joel Coleman.
Another returning player, goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, made a key commitment with two great recoveries from Rajiv van La Parra and another from a Jack Payne free-kick. Philip Billing likewise had an objective prohibited for offside.
City had another great open door when Coleman spared from Nolito and Mark Hudson cleared Jesus Navas’ subsequent endeavor off the line. The sides will now meet again at the Etihad Stadium seven days on Tuesday.
Fernando stated: “We should now concentrate on the replay of this amusement. Our objective is to win whatever number trophies as could be expected under the circumstances and we are still alive in three rivalries.”