Fernandinho says Manchester City proved they are a much more resilient side than last season after the 2-1 win over Norwich City.
The league leaders were seemingly heading to a routine victory until a Joe Hart error allowed Cameron Jerome to equalise late on – but Yaya Toure snatched the win with an 89th-minute penalty.
And midfielder Fernandinho insists the result shows their is more fight in this City side than last term – when Manuel Pelegrini’s men mounted a lacklustre title defence.
“It was emotional at the end. I think you can see, in a good way, we are strong in mentality. I think it is the third game we have won at the end of the game. It makes the team more stronger,” the Brazilian said.
“I hope for the next games this doesn’t happen again but the most important thing was, in the three games, we finished with the win.”
“We tried to the end to score the second goal. This is something we learned from last season. We fight to the end.”
The former Shakhtar Donetsk man also refused to criticise goalkeeper Hart, who responded to his mistake with a fine save to deny Martin Olsson.
“Joe is one of the best keepers in the world but even to one of the best these things can happen, mistakes like that. But the mentality from the team is strong,” he added.
“Fortunately Yaya scored in the end and after that Joe made a very good save, showing he is one of the best goalkeepers.”