Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has played down the long-term importance of the Premier League showdown against Manchester City this Sunday, reports The Metro.
The self-proclaimed 'Special One' will face the most demanding test of his second reign at the helm of the west London club as the Blues host their fierce rivals at Stamford Bridge.
However, Mourinho feels this weekend will not determine his side's hopes of lifting the Premier League trophy next May.
The 50-year-old, who admitted he will be taking on the strongest Manchester City squad he has faced as Chelsea boss, insists the blockbuster fixture does not call for any alternative preparation or special approach.
"We prepare every game the same way, we want to win," Mourinho declared.
"Every weekend somebody loses points. The league is hard so I don’t think at this stage one game is going to be crucial.
"We have tests every week. They’re a big team yes, but every match is a test and every match is three points, so it doesn’t make a difference."
Mourinho has announced that fullback Ashley Cole has recovered from a rib injury inflicted in Chelsea's 3-1 victory over Norwich earlier this month.
Previously maligned strikers Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o will go head-to-head for the number nine role having both produced clinical performances in their last outings.
The Blues will go into the clash with City coming off the back of a 4-1 home win over Cardiff and a 3-0 battering of Schalke in Germany.
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