Manchester City picked up a 3-0 win against Marseille in the Champions League on Wednesday night and whilst it might be the City attackers who pick up the plaudits, the performance of Fernandinho should not go unnoticed.
Goals from Ferran Torres, Sergio Aguero and and own goal from Alvaro Gonzalez sealed a comfortable win for Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad in what was their final group stage game of the 2020/21 Champions League campaign.
As the game was something of a dead rubber for the Citizens, as they had already secured top spot in Group C, it was no surprise to see 35-year-old Fernandinho handed a rare start by Guardiola.
The Brazilian, who has now made 324 appearances for Manchester City in his career, showed no signs of his age in the win, as he produced a superb display.
As per SofaScore, the defensive midfielder picked up a strong 7.4 rating for his display against Andre Villas-Boas’ side, which was only bettered by Aymeric Laporte, Ilkay Gundogan and Phil Foden.
Fernandinho enjoyed 107 touches of the ball during the 90 minutes, demonstrating the key influence he can still have in this Manchester City side, and he was also extremely effective with his passing, with 87/95 of his attempted passes finding a City teammate.
The experienced midfielder only lost possession on nine occasions during the game, whilst five out of six of his long balls were accurate, emphasising that the quality of his passing shows no signs of dropping.
He also showed his class by making three tackles, whilst he was dribbled past on just two occasions, suggesting that despite his age, he still has the quality to play in this Manchester City side.
Unfortunately for fans, with Fernandinho’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, they may not have much longer watching the Brazilian in a City shirt, however, this display emphasises that he can still perform at the highest level when relied upon by Guardiola.