Cape Town - Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho reckons
the Citizens' strength in depth may turn out to be a decisive factor in the
battle for the Premier League title.
Pep Guardiola's charges eased to the top-flight silverware
last season, finishing 19 points clear of runners-up Manchester United, but
this campaign promises to be much more competitive.
City are at the top of the league standings after 10 games
with 26 points. However, they are only ahead of Liverpool on goal difference
and Chelsea are a mere two points further down, while Arsenal are four points
behind the leaders.
Fernandinho expects a hard-fought battle for the title but
believes City may still have the edge due to their overall squad strength.
"Chelsea and Liverpool are very good teams," the
33-year-old told ESPN Brasil.
"Our aim is to fight with them, if they are still at
the top of the table in March or April. We know that the period we have coming
up: November, December is really important for the squad.
"Our squad could make the difference. Everybody knows
the games over Christmas are difficult, with the rhythm dropping, players
tiring, it is a time when a lot of teams drop points.
"We are very focused. We know how things work in the
Premier League and today [against Tottenham] was a demonstration of that."