Fernandinho: We must beat CSKA
- 22 October 2013 11:03
- Posted by @dclayton_mcfc
Fernandinho says City must go for broke against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday afternoon.
The Sky Blues will be looking to take maximum points and strengthen their hold on second place against the Russians and Fernandinho believes nothing less than a victory will do.
“This is all about six points because we play CSKA twice back-to-back and we must win there,” he said.
“If we do that and then beat them at home, we will take a big step towards qualification. We have two hard away games this week with Chelsea coming up on Sunday, but we will try to keep our concentration.
“We have to go for the win. We can’t think about the draw – we need to go there and leave with three points.”
Having spent eight years in the Ukraine, the Brazilian midfielder knows a thing or two about Russian football as well, but it is the playing surface in Moscow he is particularly concerned with ahead of the game.
I admit I am worried about the pitch because our team tries to play with the ball on the ground and if you don’t have a good surface it could be very hard for us
“We will see when we train there on the day before the game and if the pitch is poor, 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.”
After an excellent performance against West Ham, City’s summer recruit from Shakhtar Donetsk is showing signs that he is really settling into Premier League life.
With the World Cup on the horizon, he knows only his best form will capture the attention of Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari.
“I can do more, like maybe score a goal!” he smiled. “But this is the beginning and what is most important for me is that we win. If I could find the net soon that would be better for me and for the team as well.
“I feel I am adapting well. It is a very strong championship and every game is against a strong team. I have been at home for 15 days, just resting and training and now we have started again. I love playing like this.
“I haven’t spoken to the Brazil coach recently – I just have to continue to work hard and if he calls me next time the squad get together I will be very happy.
“Every Brazilian player has this dream and I am no different - but that means working hard for City, and if that helps me earn recognition for the national team that would be even better.”