UEFA Champions League: Liverpool vs Man City – Emre Can vs Fernandinho


Liverpool will play against Manchester City in the quarter final of Champions League in April. The Football World is fuming over excitement for the clash to happen from now on. A win in this clash will secure one team from England to take part in the semis of the Champions League this season.

Both the managers will wish to win the match at any cost. ‘Man City Core’ will today analyse one of the ‘Key Battles’ that supporters will have to look out for this match.

Emre Can and Fernandinho will be two key players to see their side through to the semis of the biggest competition of Europe. Both Emre Can and Fernandinho are both defensive midfielders and the creativity of both midfielders in the middle of the park will be the deciding factor in the match.



The German midfielder Emre Can is one of the most versatile footballers of the Liverpool side. He mainly operates the play from the central midfield; but he can also be deployed in more defensive role. He has a good balance of attack and defence in his game play.

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Emre Can has a good sense of positioning. He can maintain a good shape of the team playing from the midfield area. He has an ability to keep his composure in maintaining possession for his side. He is a decent passer of the ball. He will supply the brilliant through balls to the attacking trio of Liverpool- Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. He can also score from the long range efforts.

But in a big game like this, Can’s defensive quality will be tested. The pace in the attack of Manchester City will be a real concern for him to deal with. Can will not be able to play in a free role at the midfield. He will try to dispossess the attacking threats of Manchester City from the midfield.



The Brazilian midfielder is one of the main pillars in the three men midfield of Manchester City. Fernandinho operates the game from deep in the midfield. His presence at the back helps Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva to play their natural game.

Fernandinho is a box to box type of midfielder. He is known for his ability to shoot from distance. He can provide brilliant through balls to the attackers. On the other hand, he is very much influential to break the defence with his blistering pace. His presence in the midfield will be a plus point for any team any day.

The understanding between the midfielders of Manchester City is giving them the success in this season. Fernandinho is playing a major role in the midfield for them. But his defensive quality will surely be tested against one of the best attacking teams of European football right now.


The defensive midfielders are generally the unsung heroes for their teams. They play their role silently; but any mistake caused by them can cause the downfall of their side. Both the players are experienced enough to handle the pressure of such matches and both of them will try to surpass each other on the Matchday.

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