Their Brazilian midfielder, Fernandinho, has spoken about his strength and said that he was unlucky not to play at the World Cup with England – despite Barkley playing in all three of England’s games.
“I like Ross Barkley a lot,” Fernandinho said on the official Man City website. “He was unlucky not to play at the World Cup because of injury because he’s a very good player and someone who has the capability of producing something out of nothing.
“I think he’s come back stronger after his knee operation because he looks physically more powerful and he has an explosive burst of pace – more than before – and with his technical ability, he reminds me of a very young Brazilian Ronaldo when he was at Barcelona. He also had knee problems early in his career but returned stronger and lost none of his skill or dynamism.
“The goal he scored against QPR not so long ago was special and he made and amazing goal away to Newcastle last season as well – he’s a player who can hurt any team and we have to be especially wary of him on Saturday.”