The significance of the historic rivalry between Carlton and Collingwood will mean nothing when the two sides, who are both desperate to win, meet on Sunday to keep their finals hopes intact.
Blues coach David Teague, preparing for his first game against the arch-nemesis, has underplayed the importance of performing well against their most decorated foe, while Pies coach Nathan Buckley also stressed the need to focus on getting the four points.
Young guns: The Pies’ Josh Daicos tackles Carlton’s Sam Walsh.Credit:Getty Images
"We've got a game to prepare for. We played some OK footy last week, we've got to get better and improve and we've done that this week. We've worked hard on it and I look forward to seeing how we execute and play our way on the weekend."
Matthew Kennedy and David Cunningham are available for the Blues, however Mitch McGovern is a 50-50 chance to play in Sunday's huge clash.
Meanwhile, Collingwood is set to welcome back Brody Mihocek into the forward line, however whether Jaidyn Stephenson has done enough at the second level to warrant selection won't be known until the teams are released on Saturday evening.
"He's around the mark," Buckley said of the 2018 Rising Star.
"We know the form he displayed before he went out was nowhere near his best and it wasn't helping us perform at our best, and put bluntly, that's where selection kicks in and takes place.
"If it's this week, he'll be up and about. If it's a week or two away, he's got to continue to work at that."
Levi Greenwood shapes as the ideal match-up for Patrick Cripps after making a strong return to the Pies side against North Melbourne, but Buckley was coy on his side's plans for the Blues skipper.
"We know that Cripps has obviously been an elite player for a number of years," he said.
"We'll be aware of him and we'll have plans around how we have to handle a player such as him but we've always believed in our capacity to impose our team style."
Teague refused to say what a season pass mark would be for his side this year, with finals hinging on a win over Collingwood.
"We've got a lot of growth so we want to get better but we go out there to win," he said.
"We've got to keep winning to make it; that's what we go there to do, is to win games of footy and right now we believe in the team we have, we believe in the way we play, we need to go out there and execute and that's we've planned to do this weekend."
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