Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep Nurtured Us like We Were His Own Children, Says Fernandinho

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Pep Nurtured Us like We Were His Own Children, Says Fernandinho

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CITY'S Fernandinho, inset, has compared being coached by Pep Guardiola to being a child growing up.

The Catalan boss has taken City to another level over the past 18 months and the Blues are favourites to retain their Premier League title.

Fernandinho has played a key role in the club's success at the base of midfield and he's revealed to The Telegraph what it's like to have Pep as a manager.

"When you are a father, when you talk to your son or your daughter for the first time, they don't understand you," Fernandinho said. "Of course, you have patience and you keep talking to them and eventually they do understand.

"You tell them: 'You have to do this, you cannot do this' and, as they grow, they start to get it. Then, when they understand, they are no longer babies. They are growing up.

"That is what it is like with Pep. …

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