We Are Struggling With Guardiola’s Demands – Fernandinho Admits

Manchester City midfielder, Fernandinho has admitted that himself and his team mates are struggling to match the intensity levels demanded by boss Pep Guardiola.

City fell behind three times before salvaging a 3-3 draw in Wednesday night’s thrilling Champions league Group C clash at Celtic.

Guardiola was angered by City’s lack of focus when they conceded a goal at the start of each half.

But Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho says it is inevitable there will be dips in form and mistakes, saying: “The level of intensity is very high, during the training sessions and during games.

“It’s not easy to keep at that level, the same intensity every game, sometimes we go a little bit down, sometimes we are up.

“As we saw against Celtic, the team – especially in the first 15 minutes of the first-half and the beginning of the second-half as well – did not show enough attention.

“But the manager’s working very hard with all the players, with all the staff and we hope we can reach the level we all want to reach our targets.

“Of course, with all the mistakes we made, it’s not easy, and we need to work a little bit more on organization in the training sessions for the next games, but I’m very happy for all of us.”

Despite the end of City’s 10-game winning start under Guardiola, Fernandinho – who scored the first equalizer – was encouraged by the character they showed in fighting fight back three times against a pumped-up Celtic team in a typically intimidating Parkhead atmosphere.

“We need to work a little bit more on organization in the training sessions”

He added: “Of course we wanted to win, Champions League games are always special.

“We try to win every game but unfortunately we conceded three goals. We had to come from behind three times but the fight of the guys was amazing.

“To play at Celtic Park is not easy, the atmosphere was very good and our team showed quality, showed personality and very good character to come from behind three times and score three goals.

“And, of course, we created more chances to score more goals but we just couldn’t find the winner.”

Fernandinho insists the City players will not suffer a psychological hangover as the leaders prepare for their top of the table clash with second-placed Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

He added: “I don’t think so. This is football, it is normal. We played against a good team in the Champions League, away from home, with their fans pushing them on.

“After their defeat against Barcelona (in their opening group fixture) they had to show something special and they did it against us.

“But I am very pleased with my team-mates because in those conditions, it’s very very difficult and we did very well to come from behind three times and we showed a very good personality to play. ”

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