"Sometimes to have to punch the table, shake the guys up..." - Man City star opens up on his leadership of squad

Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has opened up about his experience as captain of the club - a role that he has held for the entirety of this current season after being elected into the position by his teammates last summer.
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Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has opened up about his experience as captain of the club - a role that he has held for the entirety of this current season after being elected into the position by his teammates last summer.

"I don’t believe it’s just about shouting and commanding. There’s a moment for everything. You have to be able to do the right thing at the right time."

"You’ve got to have that judgement, know when you need, of course, to call someone out", said the midfield general in speaking to the Manchester Evening News' Simon Bajkowski.

The Brazilian veteran continued, "Sometimes be gentle, sometimes sit and talk or even not say anything, you just listen to what that player needs. Sometimes you have to do the talking, not let the player speak. Sometimes you have to punch the table, shake the guys up, give them a wake-up call."

"You have to be perceptive to understand each moment, each situation. This is what I found to be the best way to lead. Thankfully, it’s been working, because of the results. If you can see the way in which results come about, that makes me happier.”

Fernandinho is the first elected captain since Vincent Kompany left the club in 2019, and even as a bit-part player on the pitch this season, has left a lasting impact on what has the potential to be one of the club’s most successful seasons.


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