Nigel de Jong has lauded Manchester City star Fernandinho, who starred against Everton in the club’s 2-0 FA quarter-final win yesterday.

City booked their place in the last four and await their semi-final opponents, with the draw taking place at around 5.45pm today.

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It was a hard-fought game against a well-organised Carlo Ancelotti side, and it took 84 minutes to break the deadlock.

Ilkay Gundogan scored his 16th goal of the season, before Kevin De Bruyne wrapped up the tie.

The German and the Belgian midfielder are taking most of the headlines today, but there were quite a few people also talking about the contributions of Fernandinho.

Among the people praising was the Brazilian’s predecessor at the Etihad de Jong, who tweeted: “Game over. Credit to Fernandinho being rock solid as ever in that holding midfield role despite not having a lot of playing time! MOM for me… #EVEMCI”

It was the latest in a string of fine performances from the veteran this season.

Fernandinho management spot on

Almost 36, the South American’s careful management is undoubtedly allowing him the chance to recover and then come into the starting XI to perform at the highest level.

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It’s remarkable to see the star still having so much influence on the team.

Plenty of players retire years before they reach his age, let alone still stand out in the way Fernandinho does nearly every time he takes to the field.

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