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The Argentine forward has courted controversy this season but says he and his team-mates are focused on Monday's derby clash with United and winning the Premier League

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez says he cannot imagine the reaction of the club's fans should they go on to seal a maiden Premier League win this season.

City can move ahead of rivals United on goal difference with a win over the Red Devils on Monday, a result which would go a long way to helping them to a first title success since 1968.

And Tevez says his team-mates are completely focused on Monday night's crucial derby clash.

"There’s a great focus around the club and amongst the players," Tevez told the Manchester Evening News.

"Nobody thinks about losing. We just know what the game means to so many people, people who’ve been waiting for years and years for the chance to bring this title back to City.

"Every season it’s important for the fans we beat United, but if we win in the derby and then go on to win the title, I can’t imagine how emotional the supporters will be.

"If we beat United then we give ourselves a fantastic opportunity to win the league and that’s what this club has been building towards for the last few years. It’s a sign of just how far City have come."

The Argentine also went on to reveal that he is treating the meeting with his former club at Etihad Stadium like a cup final.

He added: "Two days out you are already starting to prepare in your head. If you want to win a game like this it’s the only way you can be.

"I am always very focused in my preparation, it doesn’t matter what the game is. If you don’t prepare properly off the pitch then there’s no way you can perform properly on it.

"There’s even more resting on this match, though. It’s a final, that’s the way you’ve got to treat it. For me, it’s a huge game.

"But it’s not about me, it’s about the club and certainly the most important game the club has been involved in for many, many years.

"I don’t think about scoring the winning goal, just going out there and giving everything for City.

"All that matters at the moment is the derby, the game where we can take a huge step towards success and the dream everybody at City has had for a long, long time."

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