Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho has labelled the upcoming fixture against Manchester United as the game that "could change everything".
Goals from David Silva and Edin Dzeko gave City a priceless victory against Hull at the weekend, which now leaves them fourth in the Premier League table, and Fernandinho has now urged his side to beat United when they meet next Tuesday.
"That game can change everything," the Brazil international told reporters. "I hope our team will be ready and we can walk the streets without any problems and that our fans can give us some hugs afterwards.
"When you win these games, you can walk down the street, but not when you lose."
City play one of their three matches in hand on Chelsea against Fulham on Saturday before travelling to Old Trafford in a huge encounter.
In the reverse fixture in September, City ran riot winning 4-1 in one of the most convincing derby's in recent history.
David Moyes' side have failed to re-deliver the form that won the Red Devils the title by 11 points last season, but Fernandinho admitted his side are taking nothing for granted.
"The derby is important for the players, the fans and the city, and of course it will be special for everyone," said the 28-year-old.
"I played in derbies in Brazil and Ukraine (for Atletico Paranaense and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively) but this one is special - I don't know why, but it feels different. Both teams will be motivated.
They (United) have a lot of things to be motivated about and we are motivated about the title race."
Firstly, City have to focus on beating Fulham who won their first match in 10 games against Newcastle United last week. A solo effort from Ashkan Dejagah was enough to give Felix Magath his first win in charge of the Cottagers and City will be without captain Vincent Kompany after he was shown a red card against Hull.
Fulham are currently four points away from the drop and Fernandinho added, "People might think Fulham will be an easy game but there are no easy games - every game is a final for us," he added.
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