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"Cardiff City are considered one of the strongest teams, but we are eager to progress." - Coventry City manager Steven Pressley

17 June 2014

The City boss hopes his team will be up to the 'real test' the Bluebirds will provide in the first round....

Coventry City manager Steven Pressley expects 'a real test' from Cardiff City after the Sky Blues were drawn against the Bluebirds in the first round of the Capital One Cup.

The Bluebirds were considered one of the strongest teams in the first round draw having suffered relegation from the Premier League last season.

The game will be played in the week commencing the 11th August meaning it will be the second game of the 2014/15 season.

The City boss is looking forward to welcoming Ole Gunner Solskjaer's side but has stressed his side will be looking to progress.

Pressley said: "They will represent a real test. They were relegated last season but I expect they will keep the vast majority of the squad.

"They've already added a bit of quality to the side so they definitely have aspirations to return to the top flight as soon as possible.

"Cardiff are considered as one of the strongest teams in the competition at this stage but we will be going into the game looking to progress.

"As I've said before, the cup competitions are vital for the players to pick up that winning mentality and test themselves against teams at a higher level."

The last time the two sides met was two years ago in the Championship when Oliver Norwood's last minute strike secured a 2-2 draw for the Sky Blues at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Cardiff finished bottom of the Premier League table in the 2013/14 season and were relegated with Norwich City and Fulham.

The City boss continued: "We'll have to consider their main threats when setting up the team. When playing a team at a higher level, you have to try and counter the quality they have.

"We'll always try and impose our own philosophy on the game but at the same time, you always have to make sure you do your best to nullify the opposition's threats.

"It is a game I'm looking forward to. It shows we're getting closer to the start of the season and that is always exciting."

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