City stars eye Shield glory

Sunday’s FA Community Shield against Arsenal is a “big” match Manchester City “need to win” according to two of the Premier League champions’ squad.

Brazilian midfielder Fernando, who moved to the Etihad Stadium from Porto this summer, and Holland international Karim Rekik are both eyeing their first piece of silverware with City and say they cannot wait to set foot on the pitch at Wembley Stadium.

“It’s a great opportunity for me to be here this season, and I’m really looking forward to Sunday – it should be a great match,” Fernando told TheFA.com.“We are playing a very good team, but hopefully I can get in the side and help our guys win this title.

ARSENAL v MANCHESTER CITY

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3pm, Sunday 10 August 2014
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He added: “I’ve played in many stadiums in England before, but obviously not at Wembley. It’ll be another step for me in my career and I hope that I can get in the team and put in a good performance.

“The objective is to play a great game, and this club wants to win titles and it is important to start off on the right foot on Sunday.”

19-year-old Rekik, who spent last season on-loan at PSV Eindhoven, described a potential appearance at the National Stadium for City as “a dream”.

“Wembley is like a dream for everybody. For a player, it is a very nice stadium, and it would be nice to play at a stadium like that.

“For the fans and players, you always want to win if there is something to win – so it’s always nice to play in these games.

“It’s a big game and we need to win it.” 

Fernando and Rekik look ahead to The Community Shield