City ace ready for Clarets
Fernandinho says Manchester City are showing their champion qualities as they fight for the title, but Burnley will be a tough test.
City returned to the top of the table with a vital 2-0 victory over rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford on Wednesday to move a point above Liverpool with three matches remaining for both sides.
It was also their 11th successive league win and came after a similarly important victory over Tottenham, which in turn was a fine response to the disappointment of Champions League elimination.
"We showed the desire in competing for every ball like animals," said Fernandinho. "I think this is the spirit of a team that wants to be champions."
Yet with the lead just a slender one, Fernandinho is aware there is still little room for error. Liverpool, who face Huddersfield on Friday, could even be back at the summit before City play their next game at Burnley on Sunday.
The Brazilian said: "Burnley are always difficult. They have a specific way to play and it is not easy to go there. They drew with Chelsea last Monday.
"We have to recover as soon as possible and try to be fit and be ready. It is going to be a very important, very difficult game for us."
Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.