WILL FERNANDINHO RETURN FOR COPA AMERICA?

 Feb, 07 - 2019   Uncategorized

Premier League outfit Burnleytook a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Pep’s Manchester City last time out in the English FA Cup and Sean Dyche was in awe of the Citizens.

The Burnley head coach was seemingly impressed with the manner in which Manchester City advanced in the competition, the Citizens playing with so much fluidity and perfection.

Despite the big win in the FA Cup, the Citizens were unable to replicate such performance in the Premier League when they played Newcastle United away from home.

They fell to a late 2-1 defeat despite taking the lead just 24 seconds into the game – a new Premier League record this season – through Sergio Aguero.

Brazil international Fernandinho was the man who gave away the late penalty that handed Newcastle United all three points.

Despite the slip up, the Brazilian remains an integral part of the setup at the Etihad Stadium, forming a great partnership with De Bruyne in midfield. City suffered a dip in form last month during the time the Brazilian was out with an injury.

Fernandinho is held in high regard at the Etihad among Manchester City fans, leading the club to two Premier League titles in 2015 and 2018.

Back home in Brazil however, Fernandinho is not really a fan favourite as his statue might contain a few cracks.

He was made the victim of Brazil’s world cup elimination last year. He was introduced to the team for the quarter final game against Belgium following the suspension of Casemiro.

The 33 year old scored an own goal in the game, turning a cross into his own net, thereby giving Belgium the lead. Brazil eventually got knockout by Belgium with a final score line of 2-1.

As the 2019 Copa America draws nearer, will Brazilians give Fernandinho a second chance to save face by representing them at the tournament? We will find out in the summer.


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