Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says that his side's match against Newcastle United in the League Cup is going to be like a cup-final.
City do not face Newcastle until October 29th, but the Chilean boss already has one eye on the fixture.
The League Cup is often a tournament which is not given much precedence by top English sides, with many choosing to play their reserves, but it seems that Pellegrini is determined to do well in the competition.
Although the side have other commitments first, which will also be crucial to his season, Pellegrini pointed towards the game against the North-East club as one which carries high importance.
"We know that from now until the next international break we have to play seven games in three different competitions," he said to The London Evening Standard.
"We have four games in the Premier League. It is very important for us to try not to drop points and to try and recover points from Chelsea which is the leader in this moment.
"We also have one game against Newcastle which is like a final because if we don't win we go out of the Capital One Cup."
The words are likely to be ones which Newcastle supporters were not wanting to hear, as any hope of playing against a weakened line-up seems to have been quashed.
So far their club's only win of the season has come in the cup competition and it has been a welcome distraction from their poor Premier League form.
The side are still searching for their first three points in the league and the prospect of playing a full-strength City team is likely to be a daunting prospect for Newcastle.
Pellegrini will be focused on City's game against Tottenham Hotspur this weekend at the moment, though. The English champions are currently five points behind Chelsea and they will have to make up some ground if they are to retain their title.