Cape Town - Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany insists the Manchester derby means everything to him regardless of whether it's relevant to the title race.
City will pay Old Trafford a visit on Sunday for the derby clash with Manchester United in a game that will also be crucial in terms of the Premier League title race, with City eight points clear of second-placed United .
However, Kompany has made it clear that the rest of the season fades into the background when he walks out onto the pitch to face his arch rivals.
The Belgian told Sky Sports News: "I kind of press pause when it's a derby and the season doesn't matter to me anymore, it's all about the derby.
"Managers and players do like to downplay it, but I don't care, it's rubbish. The derby at that moment is the most important game in the world to me.
"It means more than anything else, and it will be everything I've got, everything the team have got and everything the fans have got to win that game.
"It doesn't matter which position we are in, whether we need a point, three points, I don't care, we need to make sure we leave that place with our heads high."