Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pass Master Ferna Is Pick of the Blues

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pass Master Ferna Is Pick of the Blues

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ANOTHER day, another distribution masterclass from Fernandinho.

City's Brazilian notched up over a century of passes on Saturday - more than the Middlesbrough back four managed collectively and not far off the total of their front six.

Sat in front of the back four, Fernandinho has been the fulcrum of City's play all season, an everpresent in the league and the rock Guardiola has built his team on.

His importance at the Etihad is nothing new. Indeed, he was the most prolific passer at the club last year under Manuel Pellegrini.

But there has been an evolution under a manager who craves possession so dearly, with Fernandinho averaging almost 20 passes more in every game.

While a good deal of the 31-yearold's work involves the defence, the biggest chunk of his passes have been forward. …

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