The arrival of Pep Guardiola immediately changed Manchester City, and the club won 10 straight matches to start the season in devastating fashion, playing fantastic football, scoring lots of goals and looking like an unstoppable machine that played Pep Ball to perfection.
But Guardiola himself kept telling us that the perfect start did not mean everything was perfect and would remain perfect until the end of the season, and the manager was right. Since that amazing beginning, it has been a roller coaster ride for the Sky Blues, full of inconsistent performances and results that see the team far away from the Premier League title and not looking too confident for the Champions League.
This inconsistency has also been marked by very important players being in and out of the side due to suspension. Sergio Agüero missed seven matches due to two straight red cards, and Fernandinho has been sent off three times and missed eight games through suspension. The Brazilian had been fundamental to the team's early success, and his absence in important games certainly contributed to the strange form the team is enduring.
But Fernandinho is back now, and he's made two appearances since his latest return from suspension. His first start in more than a month came on Sunday's match against Swansea City, and Dinho was very happy to be back. And he wants to thank his teammates for their constant support during his time away from the pitch:
“I am very happy to be back, after a long absence period away from the action. I am very happy we won a difficult game against Swansea, but even more important than that was the support I received from my colleagues during this period. All that support was essential, in order to return in the best possible way.”
A great team usually has a pretty good locker room. That are some teams in history that were able to win with huge egos, but those teams didn't last long. When you have an atmosphere of constant support from your teammates during good and bad times, you want to be around them, work hard with and for them and achieve good things together.
Fernandinho is one of the leaders of the team and he felt the support from everyone, which means the entire squad is helping each other. This can only lead to good things in the future.