• Uefa has inspected surface since last Champions League tie
• Russian club's previous group game was in St Petersburg
Fernandinho has admitted that Manchester City have genuine concerns about the condition of the pitch at CSKA Moscow's Arena Khimki, the venue where the Russian club were unable to play their previous Champions League game against Viktoria Plzen three weeks ago because of the poor state of the surface.
Uefa has carried out two inspections since that match was moved to St Petersburg and the governing body is satisfied that the surface, which has partly been relaid after heavy rainfall and a busy fixture schedule rendered it unplayable, meets the standards required for Wednesday's Champions League game.
The Russian club, who have lost five of their past seven matches in all competitions and slipped to sixth place in the league, have been playing at Arena Khimki because the Luzhniki Stadium is being rebuilt in readiness for the 2018 World Cup.
City, who have travelled to Moscow without Vincent Kompany – the captain remains sidelined with a thigh injury – will reserve judgment on the pitch until they train on it on Tuesday evening but Fernandinho said the players have reservations about whether it will have an impact on the way they pass the ball.
"I am worried about the pitch. If you don't have a good pitch it could be very hard for us," he said. "I am hoping it will be a good game but that depends on whether the pitch is good or not. We have to go for the win. 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."
With City and CSKA level on points after both beating Viktoria Plzen and losing to Bayern Munich in their two matches, Fernandinho knows the game is one they need to win to strengthen their hopes of progressing to the knockout stage of the competition for the first time. "This is all about six points because we play CSKA back to back," he said. "We must win there – if we do that and then beat them at home we will take a big step towards qualification."
Fernandinho, who joined City from Shakhtar Donetsk for £30m in the summer, believes he is "adapting well" to life in the Premier League, although he concedes there is one thing missing from his game at the moment. "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."