Observando a Imprensa

Working with Pep a 'dream' for Zaba

As it’s the international break, it seems pertinent that today’s media round-up brings news from afar, as a South American duo feature prominently.

Pablo Zabaleta and Fernandinho are the pair in question, with both providing sound bites for the press narrative this morning.

We’ll start with our fearless full-back, who’s expressed words of praise for his new manager whilst away with Argentina.

Reflecting on the changes implemented by Pep Guardiola, Zaba told his native TyC Sports it’s been easy embrace his new methods as it’s a dream to be working under him.

The report reads: “You always want and dream to be trained by the best coaches, and today I have the opportunity to work with one of the best.

“Actually, you learn a lot, especially the way you live it. Beyond knowledge, his passion for football.”

To Fernandinho now, who has joined up with the Brazil squad for World Cup qualifying games against Bolivia and Venezuela.

The tireless midfielder has spoken of his desire to repair the damage of Brazil’s semi-final humbling at the hands of Germany in the last World Cup and believes a club-like approach could stand them in good stead.

Eurosport carry the story, as the Selecao star said: “We have to move on. The most important thing is that we keep focused and maintain the same level of work as we have at our clubs and work together for the national team.

“Our main objective is to obviously to restore faith in this team after our disappointments, get through the qualifiers so we can reach the World Cup and achieve this ultimate goal, which is winning the competition.”

From our established international contingent to the English youngsters showing promise. Four City players featured in England U17s 8-1 demolition of Germany yesterday and the Telegraph’s Richard Amofa has been evaluating the stars of performance.

Jaden Sancho – who scored in the victory – has certainly impressed Amofa, who writes: “Sancho [is] emerging as one of English football's brightest prospects. Blessed with unbelievable skill, flair and confidence, he also has an eye for goal, and has already netted for the U19 UEFA Youth League side.”

That’s all your paper talk for today, but we’ve got plenty more coming up on mancity.com, including training ground action and press conference coverage ahead of Manchester City Women’s first UEFA Women’s Champions League game.