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Manchester City: Fernandinho proved he should start CL final

Manchester City ended the Premier League season in superb fashion as they thrashed Everton 5-0 at the Etihad, before lifting the trophy in front of 10,000 fans.

Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring with a typically brilliant finish from outside the box before Gabriel Jesus quickly added a second with a well-taken finish.

Phil Foden added a third for Pep Guardiola’s side after Ederson had saved Gylfi Sigurdsson’s penalty, with Sergio Aguero then coming off the bench to score a brace to sign off a wonderful spell with the Citizens.

Although a lot of the focus after the game will be on the Argentinian, whilst De Bruyne also dazzled on his return, a lot of credit has to go to 36-year-old Fernandinho, who was incredible once again in midfield.

Should Fernandinho start the final?

Yes

Yes

No

No

As per SofaScore, the Brazilian would earn an excellent 8.4/10 match rating for his display, which was only bettered by De Bruyne (9.1) and Aguero (8.9).

During the game, Fernandinho would have 84 touches of the ball and would impressively complete 65/69 of his passes, resulting in a 94% success rate, which is a big improvement on the 87.2% he has averaged in the Premier League this season.

The veteran midfielder would also complete four key passes during the game, which is far more than the 0.7 he has averaged per game in the top-flight this campaign, which helped him to pick up two assists for Aguero’s goals, as he robbed Tom Davies for the first, before putting in a superb cross for him to head home a second.

He was also solid from a defensive perspective, managing three interceptions and two tackles, which again is more than the 1.1 interceptions and 1.5 tackles he has averaged this season.

Therefore, the “magnificent” midfielder has emphasised just how much quality he still has, and should have nailed down a starting spot for the Champions League final against Chelsea later this month.

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