Fernandinho warns Manchester City about Sevilla threat

The midfielder is not focusing on the potential to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League.

Speaking to the club’s official website, Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has warned of the threat Sevilla will pose to the club's European ambitions.

City travel to Spain on Tuesday evening looking to secure three points against Sevilla for the second time this season, having won the reverse fixture with a late Kevin De Bruyne goal last time out.

After impressing in La Liga last season and winning the Europa League last term, Unai Emery’s side have struggled for form this season and find themselves in mid table, with the weekend seeing them lose to Villarreal.

Fernandinho, though, says that the Andalusian side showed enough in the game at the Etihad to suggest their current position is an incorrect one.

“They showed when they played at the Etihad that they have some quality players and that they are a tough team,” he told mcfc.co.uk.

“They have good counter-attacking players and we need to be careful but I think the best way to do that is to be strong in defence and in the middle and for us to play our normal attacking game.”

City currently sit second in Group D behind leaders Juventus, after two wins from their first three games in the competition.

A win for them and Juventus on Tuesday evening would see both sides qualify for the last 16, something that would be a big boost to Manuel Pellegrini and his side given their struggles in the competition in recent seasons.

And while Fernandinho says that would be 'amazing', he admits that they must focus and be switched on throughout what promises to be another testing continental encounter.

“It’s a tough place to go, we have to be sharp from the first minute and we need our fans to be with us from the word go,” he added.

“It would be amazing if we could qualify with two games to go by winning this match, but we first have to make sure we don’t give anything away and be clever and intelligent.”

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