Liverpool “are a team who like to play long balls”, according to Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho.
City go into the second leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Liverpool on Tuesday in the hope of overturning a 3-0 first-leg deficit.
But they will have to overcome Liverpool’s tendency to “play long balls”, if Fernandinho is to be believed.
The Brazilian made the claim in City’s press conference on Monday, with compatriot Danilo having accused Manchester United of the same at the weekend.
Fernandinho suggests Liverpool play long balls. Danilo claimed United played long balls. Wigan were also accused of playing long balls when beating City….
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“It was a tough week for us, two defeats in a row but that is in the past already,” Fernandinho said.
“We are just thinking about tomorrow night’s game. We need a strong mentality and we need goals. That is what we are doing since yesterday, preparing for the game against Liverpool. That’s the best way to give a response.]
“Our fans will be together with us, and we are going to fight to the end. Liverpool are a team who like to play long balls, fighting for the balls, keep the players around the middle. We will be ready tomorrow to apply our kind of game.
“Now is the time for the experienced players to take over and stay in charge in front of the group. Two defeats is not easy but it happens to the best teams in the world. We have to keep going.
“What we have done this season is amazing and now we are so close to the finish, we all know it is not easy but we are going to fight in the Champions League.”