Manchester City midfielder, Fernandinho has come out to rate Diego Costa as one of the most difficult players he has ever faced.
Fernandinho revealed that playing against Costa when he was at Chelsea was very difficult because the ex Atletico Madrid star was always in top shape on the pitch.
According to him, the reason Pep moved him to the CB position this season is because of the several injury worries in the squad and since the manager know that he is a player who adapts easily.
He added that he has no wish to leave City anytime soon because he and his family are very settled in Manchester right now.
His words, “The most difficult players I’ve faced are Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe – all of them are so good and they cause a lot of problems to defenders,”
“But for me, one of the most difficult guys I’ve faced was Diego Costa when he was with Chelsea. He was in good shape. I hope I can face them again.”
On his new playing position, “Pep Guardiola came to me and talked to me about moving into this position – I have played there a few games before,”
“During this season we have had so many problems with injuries and then he moved me to play as a centre back.
“For me it was okay because the way we play most of the time I get the ball and most of the games we have the highest possession of the ball, and for me it was no problem.
“Of course it’s a little bit different from playing as a midfielder but in the season I was adapting my game and I think I am settled now. Sometimes you have to sacrifice yourself for the good of the team and this is one of the sacrifices I have made for Manchester City. I hope we can be successful in the future.
“If I am playing as a centre half or a defence midfielder, for me the most important thing is to get the result and the victory at the end. I am learning but I am enjoying this moment and hopefully I can improve.”
On the club, “I’ve thought about [MLS]. It’s some offer I would consider for the future for sure,”
“Me and my family are settled [in Manchester]. It’s the nicest city – everyone has their passion for the game, they love football.
“Since I was there, you can feel the love and respect from the fans. This is good, it gives you extra motivation to work hard on and off the pitch. I miss my country but at the end of the day I am doing my job.”