Fernandinho eyes World Cup chance
Published 03/02/2014 | 08:32
Manchester City's Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho sees his side's heavyweight clash with Chelsea as the ideal opportunity to catch national boss Luiz Felipe Scolari's eye.
Fernandinho, signed for £30million from Shakhtar Donetsk last summer, has been one of the key figures in City's push for four trophies.
But as well as chasing silverware, Fernandinho also wants to win a place in the Brazil squad for this summer's World Cup on home soil.
The 28-year-old, who has won just five caps, hoped his move to England would yield greater recognition and he certainly expects Scolari to be watching the high-profile Barclays Premier League tussle with Chelsea.
The Londoners have four Brazilians in their squad in David Luiz, Willian, Oscar and Ramires.
Fernandinho said: "Getting to the World Cup is a big dream for me.
"It's a big game. You could say it's like a derby because everyone is talking about it.
"I am sure the Brazilian manager will be watching because there are a lot of players he needs to see.
"If I have a good performance, there is no doubt it will open the door for me. That's what I am hoping."
There is plenty riding on the game in title terms with City looking to reclaim top spot and open up a six-point advantage over Chelsea.
Defeat would see Chelsea draw level on 53 points, two behind Arsenal.
Fernandinho, who was the subject of previous interest from Chelsea, said: "If we could beat them it would be a very important result - but both teams will still have a lot of difficult games left.
"The Premier League is full of surprise results - but I hope we won't have any more."