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Sunderland result a complete disaster, says Fernandinho

ESPN staff
April 17, 2014
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Fernandinho said Manchester City's inability to beat Sunderland was "a complete disaster" and he and his team-mates were guilty of making a major "mistake".

The Brazilian gave City a second-minute lead against the Premier League's bottom club but found themselves trailing 2-1 before Samir Nasri scored a late equaliser.

A return of one point from their last two games leaves City the outsiders of the three teams battling to win the title, although Manuel Pellegrini still believes his side have a slim chance of beating Liverpool and Chelsea to the title.

Pellegrini reiterates Silva worries

  • David Silva faces a fitness test on Sunday or Monday as Manchester City wait to see if he will be fit to face West Bromwich Albion.
  • Silva suffered an ankle injury in City's 3-0 derby win over Manchester United in March.
  • But while he was able to carry on playing for the next three games, manager Manuel Pellegrini said the Spaniard could not feature in Wednesday's 2-2 draw because it came too soon after Sunday's defeat to Liverpool.
  • "David has a problem in his ankle," Pellegrini said. "He played the last games in that condition but it was a game each week. Playing after three days he couldn't do it today. We will see he is [fit] on Sunday for Monday. I hope he can play."

"It's a very disappointing result," Fernandinho told City's official website. "The whole team is disappointed about the result, especially in the way we played. The result was a complete disaster for us.

"We started well and scored the goal, but for 50 minutes after that we lost control of the game and they played better than us. Right at the end we tried to score another goal but it wasn't enough.

"We scored after two minutes but then changed our style of game and paid for it. They had three clear chances in the first half and then scored two in the second half, when we lost our position on the pitch.

"We need to keep our heads up and think about the next game, when we cannot make a silly mistake, as we did [against Sunderland]."

City have played 13 more games than league leaders Liverpool and Fernandinho said fatigue could be a factor in their recent stumbles.

"It can make some difference because we have been going for the Champions League, the Premier League and both cups and maybe our players are feeling a little tired," he added. "Maybe it has made a difference, but our team was good, especially in December and January."

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