PREVIEW IN QUOTES: Cardiff City vs City

Ahead of tomorrow afternoon’s trip to the Welsh capital to take on Cardiff City here is a round up of all the pre-match talk. Manuel Pellegrini and Sergio Aguero talk up City’s chances and Cardiff manager, Malky Mackay, previews the game. See what they have to say below:

Manuel Pellegrini 

It is a blow to lose our captain so early in the season but there is nothing we can do about it. He is a very important player for us and our captain but we are hopeful Matija Nastasic could be available for Cardiff. It is too early to say but we will see. Micah Richards is also improving and he could be available for next weekend, but again, we will wait and see how he progresses. I’m aware of course that Micah can also play in central defence so we have options while Vincent is recovering.

We will try! We have a very difficult game on Sunday because Cardiff are playing their first home Premier League game. We will not underestimate them because they are new to the division. They will be very tough opponents on their own pitch. We know we have to play at our best to take three points but we will be focused and prepared for the challenge.

I don’t think they are going to fear us. It is very important for us to play the way we played. What happens with the other teams, if they fear us or not, I don’t think from one match we can have an important conclusion. The important thing is that we start winning in our stadium. The second important thing is we win the way I want this team to play. What happens in the future we will see.

Sergio Aguero

We need to win a trophy. And there’s none more important than the Premier League. We definitely have a team that can win the title, and why not the Champions League, too. Our objective is to keep fighting to reach to the top, and if that means taking on Manchester United all the better. We know any game against them is a matter of life and death for us, especially the fans, and you have to win it. We’ve got the team to beat anyone and we’re ready for the challenge.

You can’t win everything, Chelsea and Spurs have good squads too, but as players we need to find the commitment to do things better because we’ve made some excellent signings and have the talent to do great things this year. We go into the season wanting to win everything.

Malky Mackay 

We have got to try and make our stadium a fortress. We have to make sure that it is a tough ask for any team that comes down to our stadium. I have no doubt the way our fans will be this season in terms of their ferocity, support and passion for our club and the way our stadium is, it will lend itself to noise, like we had last season. We will have tough teams coming, top teams coming here and it will be a test for us. But we are relishing that.

I thought they (City) were excellent on Monday. After 20 minutes it was slightly slanted because of the sending off and they played a slightly different formation obviously, but at the same time, the players playing out there were excellent. I look at the players they have coming off the bench and the impact they have as well. They are a top team.

It’s nice to get back to our home ground but we realise that we are playing one of the top teams in the league and there is a task ahead of us. But after Monday night you see the way that team played, they are warming to their new manager quite quickly. So we realise the task in hand.

Compiled by Robert Toole

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