London - Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho says he never doubted manager Manuel Pellegrini even when he was heavily criticised last season after the side finished eight points behind Premier League champions Chelsea.
Manchester City have gotten of to a flying start this campaign, winning all four games and have already found themselves eight points ahead of Chelsea.
"Having trust in your manager is the most important thing for a footballer. You can play not more relaxed, but able to try things," the 30-year-old was quoted as saying by Manchester Evening News.
"I feel Manuel has given me that trust and I am playing well. I don't feel any pressure because the manager has given me the trust," the Brazil international added.
Manchester City have won all four of their Premier League fixtures to hold top spot in the league as they look to wrestle back the title from Chelsea.