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Fernandinho: Everyone wants to follow Pep Guardiola, he is a great leader…

Midfield ace Fernandinho has praised Pep Guardiola for his work at Manchester City and for helping him become a better player.

The 32-year-old Brazilian is showing that age is just a number with some of the most complete performances of his career, and he puts much of it down to the influence of City’s manager.

Guardiola recently claimed that Fernandinho was an even better midfielder than he was – and Pep was quite a player! Speaking to Sky Sports News, the Brazilian said: “He is very kind!

“But for sure he was a great player in a great team where he won a lot of important trophies – and he won some trophies with his national team as well.

“Of course he also gives me extra motivation to keep going and doing what I am doing now.

“It’s nice to hear some kind words from him but I have to keep going the same way, keep working the same way and try and do my best to improve the team.”

While many naively claim any manager with money could do what Pep does, Fernandinho explained one of the reasons why Pep is a cut above the rest: his leadership and coaching skills.

“Our manager is a great leader. Everyone wants to follow his philosophy with the same spirit. What happens when you follow a great leader is you believe in his mentality.”

City are 12 points clear of neighbours Manchester United with a game in hand after Jose Mourinho’s men slipped up against Burnley on Boxing Day. Fernandinho credits much of City’s unprecedented form to the spirit in the camp.

“I think the most important thing in a club is for everyone to be looking for the same target, working the same way and everyone trying to do their best.

“Because if you go to the game and everyone wants to do it by themselves, it’s going to be a mess it’s going to feel difficult.

“When you have good players and they bring their quality to the team, to help the team to be better, to improve a lot then what is happening with us now is [always] going to happen.

“We are happy. We are playing good and I think the mentality of the team is good because everyone is thinking the same way. And the proof of this is on the pitch.”

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