Fernandinho says the City players can’t wait to get the new campaign under way and are ready for the opening day clash with Sunderland. Brazilian midfielder reveals Pep Guardiola's training secrets...

The Brazilian looks set to be a key player in Pep Guardiola’s new-look team and Ferna reckons the hard work that’s been done so far in pre-season will be evident against the Black Cats on Saturday evening.

“Everybody is excited to start the new season, not only our supporters but the players, too,” said Fernandinho.

“We’ve worked very hard in training to find the most effective way for us to play. I think the work we’ve been doing under the new coach will be clearly visible when we play Sunderland on Saturday.

“We will aim to keep possession and use the ball well, and when we don’t have it, to fight and try to win it back in the shortest time possible and play with great intensity.

“I don’t want to make promises, but I’m certain that this will happen. We will be giving it our very best to keep on top of our game and on top of our opponents – we will be working hard all over the pitch and we have the right players up front to do the rest.”

Fernandinho believes City fans will see him at his very best from the word go this campaign.

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Free of international commitments this summer, the Brazil star has been able to enjoy a full pre-season – his first for a number of years.

“It’s been a great summer for me because for the first time in three years, I have enjoyed a full pre-season,” he said.

“I’ve trained a lot, including when I went back to Brazil, so this is a great way for me to start the new season.”

And as for the various roles during pre-season which have included centre-back, midfield and even up front, he said: “For me, the most important thing is to be part of the starting XI so I’m happy to play in any role that is asked of me.

“I just want to help the team and play a part in helping us win matches.

“It’s a great experience to play in different positions and to be taught by a great coach like Pep Guardiola because I can better understand his way and style. He allows each player to explore every aspect of their game and express themselves.

“We all have a better understanding of different positions within the team and now we just can’t wait to get the season started.”