Manchester City face Sevilla in a decisive Champions League group stage match on Tuesday night, and Manuel Pellegrini knows that if his side win the Group D clash - and if Juventus are able to avoid defeat in their fixture against Borussia Monchengladbach - City will confirm their progression into the knockout stages of the competition.
Languishing three points behind second placed City, Sevilla ultimately need a home win if they are to stand any tangible chance of upsetting either the English outfit or Juventus and steal their way into the next round.
However, at his pre-match press conference, reports Eurosport, Sevilla coach Unai Emery instead insisted that his team will prioritise their defence, in an attempt to shut out City's sparkling forward line.
"We are a lot stronger defensively at home. We have to work hard, defend well and be very solid at the back,” Emery told Spanish reporters. “That is what is going to help us progress in this tournament and this season in general.
"We need to play well, be solid. We know they are going to pose a great threat to us. They are a team that are very well drilled.
"This could be decisive in terms of what happens to us in the competition. If we want to get through to the next phase we have to be brave tomorrow and give our best."
That is not to say that Sevilla will allow City to have it all their way, and with the prodigiously talented Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka in particular lighting up the previous match between these two teams, Pellegrini's team will have to be on their guard.
And the 42-year-old manager of the home team appeared to give something away about their counter-attacking game plan when he promised that Sevilla would “drive forward, playing with intensity, and playing quickly.”