Fernandinho concerned by Arena Khimki pitch ahead of Manchester City’s tie at CSKA
Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho admits he is concerned about the pitch at the Arena Khimki.
City face CSKA at the Moscow-based stadium on Wednesday.
The Brazilian believes a poor pitch could make it difficult for his side to play with their usual style.
"I am worried about the pitch because our team try to play with the ball on the deck and if you don't have a good pitch it could be very hard for us," said Fernandinho, as reported by Sky Sports.
"Everybody has talked about the pitch being bad but I don't know. We will see when we train there.
"If the pitch is bad we may have to fight to win the game but that is no different to any other game - it is always a fight to win.”
CSKA are using the Arena Khimki while they have a new stadium - the CSKA Moscow Stadium - built. Construction will be completed in 2015.
Manchester City and CSKA come into the tie level on three points after two rounds. Fernandinho insists only a win will suffice.
"We can't think about the draw, we need to go there to win,” the 28 year-old continued. “We play CSKA twice, back to back.
"We must win and if we do that and then beat them at home we will take a big step towards qualification."
Fernandinho was signed from Shakhtar Donetsk for £30 million in June. He has quickly grown into an integral player under Manuel Pellegrini.