Roberto Mancini has urged his Manchester City squad not to let their focus slip in the title run-in.
City are two points clear of neighbours Manchester United at the top of the Premier League, with 13 games left to play, as they search for a first title since 1968.
Mancini’s men take on strugglers Blackburn this weekend at the Etihad Stadium, with few expecting anything but a home win, particularly after the impressive 4-0 victory over Porto in midweek.
But the Italian has pleaded with his players not to take struggling Rovers lightly - and has told them they must treat each of their remaining games this season like a Champions League final.
"It is impossible to be complacent," said the City manager. "Every game is like a Champions League final and for this reason we need good concentration.
"Now we have a game against Blackburn on Saturday and I think every game from now until the end will be difficult."
But Mancini has warned: "When you play against a squad playing against relegation, it can be more difficult. Blackburn won away against Manchester United and we know they are a good team, they are strong on the counter-attack.
"They have been playing very well in the last two or three weeks. They are playing to get away from the bottom."