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‘Chelsea have quality but we travel in hope; we can leave happy’

“One touch, two. If there are three, something strange has happened.” It’s early evening in Seville, the sun is coming through a crack in the curtain, and as Fernando is discussing his craft, there is a calm, almost peaceful simplicity to the way he talks, which Sevilla supporters have come to see reflected in his play. On Tuesday the former Manchester City midfielder returns to England, but don’t expect to see him on the ball much at Stamford Bridge. That’s not what he’ll be there for.



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“It’s a very hard place to play and we’ll struggle: Chelsea have quality, talented players, but we travel in hope, knowing we can leave happy,” the 33-year-old Brazilian says. Recent history suggests he could be right. It took an extra-time winner for Bayern Munich to defeat Sevilla in the European Super Cup and they land in London as Europa League winners, having defeated Manchester United in the semi-finals and then Internazionale in the final. “I got messages from City fans congratulating me,” he grins. Unbeaten in the league, something is building and if there is a team that can resist, it is they. And if there is a player who can, it is he.



a man with a football ball on a field: Fernando has become a pivotal figure at Sevilla, where he says team morale is unlike anything he has seen before.


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Fernando has become a pivotal figure at Sevilla, where he says team morale is unlike anything he has seen before.

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“Oh, I suffer,” he says smiling, but it doesn’t often look like it. Instead there’s a tranquillity about him. “A brilliant player, so good tactically,” according to his teammate Joan Jordan, “wonderful” in the words of Monchi, the sporting director, he stands at the base of the Sevilla midfield. From there, the man Porto teammates called the Octopus, legs everywhere, reaching everything, applies the lessons learned since arriving in Europe at 19. No one recovers more possession nor completes more passes, the ball won and moved on.

“I was better physically, I ran much more but didn’t run well, didn’t do the right thing. I think much better than I did,” he says. “With experience you play better because your head is better.”

There have been 237 games at Porto, 57 at Galatasaray and 102 at City, plus 44 at Sevilla, each an education. There may have been no teacher such as Pep Guardiola, a coach who makes you fall in love with football, Fernando says. Which may seem a strange thing to say about a manager who gave you five league starts in that final season, and left you heading for the exit. But listening to him, thinking about what he says – and listening and thinking are themes he returns to often – it makes sense. All of it does.

“He’s different,” Fernando says. “Guardiola works with such enthusiasm, studies everything. He’s always searching, trying to understand the game better. Every session is an opportunity. If you play a bad pass, he stops: ‘Why did you play that pass?’”

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Fernando: ‘Chelsea have quality but we travel in hope’ | Football

“One touch, two. If there are three, something strange has happened.” It’s early evening in Seville, the sun is coming through a crack in the curtain, and as Fernando is discussing his craft, there is a calm, almost peaceful simplicity to the way he talks, which Sevilla supporters have come to see reflected in his play. On Tuesday the former Manchester City midfielder returns to England, but don’t expect to see him on the ball much at Stamford Bridge. That’s not what he’ll be there for.

“It’s a very hard place to play and we’ll struggle: Chelsea have quality, talented players, but we travel in hope, knowing we can leave happy,” the 33-year-old Brazilian says. Recent history suggests he could be right. It took an extra-time winner for Bayern Munich to defeat Sevilla in the European Super Cup and they land in London as Europa League winners, having defeated Manchester United in the semi-finals and then Internazionale in the final. “I got messages from City fans congratulating me,” he grins. Unbeaten in the league, something is building and if there is a team that can resist, it is they. And if there is a player who can, it is he.

“Oh, I suffer,” he says smiling, but it doesn’t often look like it. Instead there’s a tranquillity about him. “A brilliant player, so good tactically,” according to his teammate Joan Jordan, “wonderful” in the words of Monchi, the sporting director, he stands at the base of the Sevilla midfield. From there, the man Porto teammates called the Octopus, legs everywhere, reaching everything, applies the lessons learned since arriving in Europe at 19. No one recovers more possession nor completes more passes, the ball won and moved on.

“I was better physically, I ran much more but didn’t run well, didn’t do the right thing. I think much better than I did,” he says. “With experience you play better because your head is better.”

There have been 237 games at Porto, 57 at Galatasaray and 102 at City, plus 44 at Sevilla, each an education. There may have been no teacher such as Pep Guardiola, a coach who makes you fall in love with football, Fernando says. Which may seem a strange thing to say about a manager who gave you five league starts in that final season, and left you heading for the exit. But listening to him, thinking about what he says – and listening and thinking are themes he returns to often – it makes sense. All of it does.

“He’s different,” Fernando says. “Guardiola works with such enthusiasm, studies everything. He’s always searching, trying to understand the game better. Every session is an opportunity. If you play a bad pass, he stops: ‘Why did you play that pass?’” There’s a pause and the Brazilian draws his thumb and forefinger together. “He looks at the tiny details, the smallest advantage. All that makes you improve. I loved him as a coach.

“It’s true that sometimes he puts

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Travel Bags – Quality Materials + Design

What’s your travel style? One bag or minimalist? Super prepared and organized? Pack in a hurry at the last minute? Travel light? No matter your travel packing style, we’re likely to have a bag for you. We make the ultimate travel bags for road trips, domestic air travel, and even for European budget airline travel. 

Synik 22

$290.00

It’s the one you’ve been waiting for: suspended laptop compartment that fits most 13″ laptops, rolling luggage pass-through, super comfortable shoulder straps, and full clamshell opening.

  • Coyote 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon
  • Constellation 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon

Volume: 22 liters (1340 cu. in.)

Synik 30

$300.00

Full clamshell main compartment. Two-point access suspended laptop compartment fits up to 15″ laptops. Need we say more?

Volume: 30 liters (1830 cu. in.)

Aeronaut 45

$300.00

Our convertible (carry it three ways) maximum size carry-on travel bag.

Volume: 45 Liters

Tri-Star

$340.00

Mid-sized travel bag designed to rule the world (or at least the skies.)

  • Black 1050 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon

Volume: 33 liters (2000 cu. in.)

Co-Pilot

$145.00

Personal carry-on sized travel bag: designed to fit under the seat on the airplane.

Volume: 10 liters (600 cu.in.)

Aeronaut 30

$290.00

Our smaller convertible (carry it three ways) carry-on travel bag.

Volume: 30 liters (1830 cu. in.)

Western Flyer

$250.00

Two compartment carry-on travel bag with zip-away backpack straps.

Volume: 26 liters (1600 cu. in.)

Pilot

$165.00

Personal item carry-on travel bag/laptop briefcase.

  • Nebulous Grey 525 Ballistic/Island 200 Halcyon

Volume: 13 liters (800 cu. in.)

Cadet

$170.00

EDC (every day carry) laptop briefcase. Checkpoint friendly.

  • Black 525 Ballistic/Northwest Sky 200 Halcyon

Volume: 13.5 liters (825 cu. in.)

Yeoman Duffel

$70.00 – $140.00

A cavernous duffel bag that’s ready to cheerfully lend a hand in schlepping gear to your next adventure.

Volume: 71 liters (4330 cu. in.)

Snake Charmer

$28.00 – $30.00

Tame your cables.

Volume: 3 liters (185 cu. in.)

Spiff Kit

$45.00 – $55.00

Our take on the classic toiletry kit.

Volume: 2.5 liters (150 cu. in.)

Travel Tray

$22.00 – $25.00

Don’t sweat the small stuff (and don’t lose it).

Volume: 2.5 liters (150 cu. in.)

Packing Cube Backpack

$55.00

Converts from a packing cube to a backpack.

Volume: 13.5 – 16 liters (800 – 975 cubic inches)

Travel Money Belt

$25.00

Discreetly carry cash, traveler’s cheques and/or a photocopy of your passport.

Travel Stuff Sack

$17.00 – $23.00

Utilize the nooks and crannies of your travel bag with these Stuff Sacks.

Volume: 1 – 7 liters (75 – 425 cu. in.)

Pocket Travel Pillow

$15.00

Stuff your jacket or sweater into this ultralight pillow case to turn it into a comfy travel pillow.

  • Royal Blue 20 Nylon

The Luminary 12

$130.00

A small backpack designed for the urban experience: museums, cafes, restaurants, pubs, galleries.

Volume: 12 liters / 725 cu.in.

Cubelet

$20.00

Interior organizer cube or super-minimalist shoulder bag.

  • Solaris 200 Halcyon
  • Coyote 200 Halcyon

Volume: 0.6 liters / 40 cu.in.

Everyday Cubelet

$45.00

Interior organizer cube or super-minimalist shoulder bag.

Volume: 1.7 liters / 100 cu.in.

Aeronaut 45 Packing Cubes

$20.00 – $36.00

Keep your clothes neat and make packing more efficient in the Aeronaut 45.

Volume:

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