Portugese International Fidalgo has had a great welcome at the Etihad campus. Speaking to CityTV, the defender has said she feels great after the American Tour pre season for ICC cup. A pre season tournament that saw City take on wolrd powers Lyon, Atletico Madrid and hosts North Carolina Courage.
She also said about the tour: “It was awesome. Pre-season tours are always nice – you get to spend a lot of time with people,” “It can be challenging because it tests how teams get along during long periods together – there’s tiredness and your level of patience can go down. You need to be tolerant towards each other.”
“Being away gives you the chance to hang out and get to know people.”
“I loved the weather too! That was very good.”
“The tournament gave us a chance to compete with great teams.”
“North Carolina Courage were in the middle of their season and their level was amazing, and Atletico Madrid and Lyon are of course, great teams.”
“It’s (pre-season) is going well. It’s been a hard couple of weeks, as I’m getting used to the different ways of working but I’m enjoying the challenge.”
With the new FA Women’s Super League season approaching rapidly, Fidalgo is now preparing up for a bold new challenge in England.
And Fidalgo has thanked her new teammates and members of City’s staff for helping make her feel so at home so quickly.
“Everyone has been really nice. There are a lot of new players in the team and everyone has made me feel welcome,” said Fidalgo.
“Having foreign players in the team also helps because they know where I’m coming from.”
“They know it’s hard to be comfortable in a new country. It’s a normal feeling and there are different habits, but everyone has been very helpful.
“Some of the new players arrived for pre-season before the rest of the squad, which helped. Most of the team played at the World Cup and then had a break.
“That gave me and the others time to get used to training and the coaches, and find our way around the City Football Academy. We had some time to get used to things so it wasn’t as overwhelming as it could have been.”
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