By FOX SPORTS staff
Manuel Pellegrini's men were dealt a shock 3-2 defeat to Aston Villa over the weekend, despite going into the game on the back of impressive wins against title rivals Manchester United and Capital One Cup opponents Wigan.
Nevertheless, Fernandinho believed City's upcoming Champions League group game against Bundesliga winners Bayern Munich presented the perfect opportunity for the English team to bounce back.
"Last season, Bayern Munich were the team that played the best football and they became European champions, so if you beat them, people on the outside will notice,it would be a huge statement to the football world if we could beat the best team in Europe, one of the best teams in the world. The projection would be much higher than beating United. That is why a win for us would be so important," he explained to The Daily Telegraph.
“The United match was all about playing your local rival. It was a derby and you always want to beat your neighbours, so the atmosphere is different for the players, manager, directors, supporters – everybody. It is different from a normal game. You don’t play against United and picture them as the champions, you just regard them as your local rivals. The game against Bayern Munich is different, they are the best around."
City's summer signing has featured regularly in Pellegrini's starting line-up so far, often alongside fellow box-to-box midfielder Yaya Toure in a partnership he considered vital for the team's success.
"I have enjoyed playing with Yaya and I hope our partnership will continue to improve because that is what we are here for," Fernandinho stated.
"Yes, I like to get forward, but I also know my role for the team is very important. “If we are playing against a strong attacking team, we need to give more protection to the back four and because Yaya goes forward quite often, I stay behind. We can change positions, though, there is no problem with that. During the match, there are occasions when you can switch and you have to be intelligent with it."
The Champions League fixture between Manchester City and Bayern Munich takes place at the Eithad Stadium on Wednesday.