Manchester City supporters have been in high spirits in recent times after seeing their side get back to winning ways in the Premier League on Saturday.
Pep Guardiola’s men went into their meeting with Everton at the Etihad Stadium off the back of a 2-0 loss at the hands of Chelsea the week previous, in turn suffering their first league defeat of the campaign. Yet the champions bounced back admirably in easing past Marco Silva’s side 3-1 on Saturday, with a brace from Gabriel Jesus alongside a Raheem Sterling header sealing all three points for the Citizens, and thus keeping them just a point behind Premier League table-toppers Liverpool.
As such, there have been many thrilled City fans up and down the country in recent times, several of whom have been raving about the efforts of striker Jesus, who hasn’t enjoyed the best of form this season, but certainly produced the goods with two well-taken goals on Saturday.
In fact, they were the young Brazilian’s first goals in the Premier League since August to underline his barren spell, yet he looked more like the striker that made an immediate impact when arriving in the top-flight back in January 2017 with a fine all round display on Saturday.
And while the 21-year-old obviously played a vital part in City’s success at the weekend, they couldn’t have got all three points were it not for the exploits of £150,000-a-week Fernandinho (as per Spotrac) in the middle of the park.
The 33-year-old missed their midweek victory over Hoffenheim with injury and his absence was certainly felt given Guardiola’s side didn’t have the same level of control and dominance in the centre of midfield – the level of dominance Fernandinho invariably provides.
And the Brazil international returned to the team to great effect on Saturday in producing another stellar midfield masterclass, touching the ball 104 times over the course of the 90 minutes, as well as making 86% of his attempted passes (as per WhoScored).
And with one of them a key pass, resulting in an assist for Sterling’s header to kill the game off, Fernandinho showcased his vastly underrated ability on the ball against the Toffees, although it was off it in which the 33-year-old again proved his worth.
And that’s because the midfielder won one aerial duel over the course of the match and succeeded with three tackles to thwart Everton’s advances through the middle – add in two clearances and two interceptions, and the 33-year-old was a thorn in whatever Silva’s side tried to do to get back into the match.
So while Jesus was the hero on Saturday with two goals to help City get back to winning ways, they simply wouldn’t have been able to get the victory without Fernandinho, whose midfield domination again underlined just how crucial he is to this City side, at the same time outlining him as their unsung hero in victory over Silva’s Everton.
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