FERNANDINHO is tipping Manchester City and Liverpool to continue to dominate the Prem for many years to come.
Pep Guardiola has claimed the rivalry reminds him of ‘El Clasico’ battles between Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Manchester City and Liverpool have been fighting it out for the Premier League title for the last four yearsCredit: PA
The northwest clubs’ rivalry was recently linked to El Clasico by City chief Pep GuardiolaCredit: AFP
And City ace Fernandinho has warned the pair’s Prem rivals that they’ll continue to dominate for years to comeCredit: PA
Meanwhile, Jurgen Klopp compared it to the way Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer have dominated world tennis over the past couple of decades.
The teams have won the last four Prem titles between them — with City taking three of those.
And one of them will be crowned champions again next month, with tomorrow’s clash at the Etihad certain to tell us a lot more about who that will be.
The message from City’s club captain Fernandinho, who has spent eight years at the Etihad, is clear — everyone else better get used to it.
“Both have reached a tactical and physical level above the other teams and results they achieve in the league are testament to that.
“The ambitions of both — in terms of results and goals — are very similar. It is no coincidence these are the two leading sides.
“It’s a healthy rivalry and I believe both can continue to lead the way in the domestic league for many seasons to come.”
City hold a one-point advantage going into the showdown and victory would put them firmly in charge of the title race.
Yet the one thing missing from City’s bulging trophy cabinet is the Champions League — which has eluded them despite ten seasons of trying.
Liverpool managed to win it in 2019 but Fernandinho believes City’s failure to lift it so far should not take away from what they have achieved. A total of 13 major trophies since the first one of the modern era arrived in 2011 is an impressive haul.
And Fernandinho explained: “The Champions League is an obsession for any team competing for this trophy — and for City it is no different.
“The players, backroom team, staff, our supporters, all of us would love to win it — but success in the Champions League doesn’t define us.
“Nor will it define our work as a team. Our hard work and dedication in these last five years shows who City really are.”
City came agonisingly close to winning the trophy last year — but were beaten 1-0 in the final by Chelsea.
Fernandinho recently returned home to Brazil and visited a community football projectCredit: GETTY
And he took the Premier League trophy for all the kids to seeCredit: GETTY
With Fernandinho’s future still unclear, he would love to get his hands on that prize in Paris on May 28.
He added: “We really want to win it, of course, and we’re once again in the quarter-finals.
“But regardless of all of that, the work that our club has been doing is phenomenal and we’ll continue this way.
“Since 2016 when Pep Guardiola arrived, every defeat in the competition has been used to learn about ourselves.
“We’ve used it to identify areas where we need to improve in order to grow and go again. Without a doubt, we have now grown as a team.”
During the international break, Fernandinho returned to Brazil with the Premier League trophy.
He called in at Sao Paulo where he first visited a community football project, delivered by Gol de Letra Foundation in Vila Albertina.
During his time there, he also headed to the Puma Centauro Store for a live question and answer session and to sign photos with more than 600 fans.
Fernandinho then travelled to Londrina — where he surprised his family, visited his old school and football centre — and then headed north to Recife.