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Manchester City star concerned by CSKA pitch

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Brazilian midfielder Fernandinho has admitted his side have concerns over the Moscow pitch they're set to play on in the Champions League.

Manchester City face CSKA Moscow in an early kick-off tomorrow, and summer signing Fernandinho has voiced concerns over the condition of the surface.

The Russian's last Champions League game against Viktoria Plzen was moved to St Petersburg, however, inspections have deemed the surface now able to cope with the game.

City and CSKA are currently level on points having both defeated Plzen but lost to Bayern Munich.

And Fernandinho feels it may be difficult for the Premier League club on a tricky surface. He is quoted as saying in the Guardian:

"I am worried about the pitch. If you don't have a good pitch it could be very hard for us. I am hoping it will be a good game but that depends on whether the pitch is good or not."

And with the sides tied for points at the moment, the Brazilian is determined to get the win.

"We have to go for the win," he said. "We can't think about the draw – we need to go there to win.

"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."

Since making his £30million move to the Premier League early in the summer, Fernandinho has been a regular in Manuel Pellegrini's side.

The 28-year-old has been pleased with his start although admits he can do more:

"I can do more, like maybe score a goal," he said. "But this is the beginning and what is most important for me is that we win."

After taking on CSKA in tomorrow's Champions League clash, City face a tough away game at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

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