Kolo Toure has urged his Manchester City team-mates to keep calm as the pressure gets more intense during the title run-in.
City are currently two points clear of Manchester United at the top of the table as they bid to become Premier League champions for the first time, but Toure recognises that it is only going to get tougher over the next couple of months.
The defender does not think it would be wise to look too far ahead, though, preferring to take each game as it comes and focus on staying ahead of United.
"Mentally we just need to focus on our game and play every game like it's a final," he said.
""It's going to get tougher and tougher, because it will get more intense, but we just need to keep our heads and stay cool.
"It's a mental test as much as a physical one, because you feel the pressure from the other teams and you want to deliver.
"But at the same time you need to keep calm and play as well as you usually do.
"It's always difficult when you're in front because the other team puts pressure on you. But at the same time it's great to be two points in front of United because that puts pressure on them as well."
Toure has experience of winning the title from his time with Arsenal, and he believes the City squad is just as strong as the 'Invincibles' of 2003/4.
"The quality is the same, because we had 24 great players at Arsenal and here is the same," said Toure. "We also have 24 great players. Here you can change any player.
"David Silva didn't play against Bolton, but we still won the game. Aguero didn't play, but we still won.
"In our time at Arsenal, it was like this - Dennis Bergkamp was on the bench, Kanu was on the bench, but we still managed to win the games.
"That's really important, when you have a big squad like that, that you can change, give some players a rest and this can be really helpful come the end of the season."
Past is the past
Toure is enjoying his football again at City after serving a suspension last year following a failed drugs test.
He said: "The past is the past. We all struggle in life at a certain point. I think what happened made me a better person, a stronger person.
"I now realise how important the time is when you're able to play on the pitch, even for just five or 10 minutes.
"I just want to contribute to the team and show as much quality as I can to try to help the team to win the title."