Fernandinho accepts “something went wrong” with Manchester City’s season but is confident of a bright future under manager Pep Guardiola.
City began Guardiola’s reign with 10 straight wins and rising optimism but will end the campaign trophy-less, with the likelihood of a Champions League place their only tonic.
A 2-1 success over Leicester on Saturday ensured two more victories – against West Brom and Watford – guarantees them third place but the Brazil international is already casting his mind forward.
“This season has been tough for us, something went wrong. but at the end we still have a chance to go into the Champions League and I’m sure we can improve next season,” he said.
“We are trying to improve week by week, training session by training session. I’m sure we are improving, for the next two games and for next season as well.
“Our target, our goal, is to win the next two games. Especially the next one at home in front of our own fans because I think they deserve it.”
City were tipped by many as Premier League favourites back in August but fell so far off the pace Fernandinho did not even know the title was being settled by Chelsea’s 1-0 win over the Baggies on Friday.
“No, I didn’t watch. I didn’t even know they were going to play on Friday night,” he said.
Asked if City could usurp Antonio Conte’s men next term, he added: “Yes, I feel that. But we’ll see what happens.”