Neil Warnock held a pre-match press conference on Thursday morning, ahead of the Bluebirds' home clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The City boss began by commenting on Wednesday's passing of former England captain, Ray Wilkins, for whom a minute's applause will be held ahead of Friday evening's game.
“Obviously, I worked with him quite a lot with Talksport etc.," he began. "But I’ve seen him for many years. I don’t think there’s anybody who’s got a bad word to say about him.
“When he talked to people he always saw the good bits in them. He didn’t ever have a go at someone, as that was beneath him. He helped young players whenever he saw them too and whenever I dealt with him he’d talk about the good points of my career.
“He was a complete gentleman, and yet when he was on the pitch, he was a winner. That is very difficult for some people to understand, because he had that burning desire to win things… He will be sadly missed.”
With eyes now firmly set on our hotly anticipated clash with Wolves in the Welsh capital, the Gaffer then revealed just how much the City squad are looking forward to testing themselves against the current Sky Bet Championship leaders.
“It’s a fantastic game," he said. "And we should be on for, if not a record crowd, then a very good one.
“I think it will be a cracking game. They’ll be at full-strength now, the lads will be back and I think they’ve got some very, very good players, with the type of value that you put on them. The Portuguese lads have been brilliant while the backbone of the team and the English lads have revelled in it too. It’s a great mixture really.
“Our lads are probably from a different market, but we’re looking forward to pitting our wits against them. You’ve got to enjoy nights like this - this is what we’re in it for.”