Parking a problem for Man City, Cardiff

Malky Mackay acknowledges Manchester City's only problem at Cardiff may be where they park their team bus.

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However, goalkeeper David Marshall admits the Bluebirds may need to leave their own in front of his goal.

Big-spending Manchester City's visit on Sunday will mark the first time the Welsh capital has staged a Barclays Premier League game, but the two sides go into the match on the back of vastly different results in their opening fixtures.

While Cardiff failed to fire in their 2-0 defeat at West Ham, City opened their title tilt with an emphatic 4-0 victory over Newcastle.

The swagger of City's performance would suggest the Premier League newboys could be in for a very uncomfortable afternoon's work at Cardiff City Stadium.

Mackay understands those expectations, particularly given City's eye-catching acquisitions of Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo.

Mackay said: "What would I be worried about if I was Manuel Pellegrini coming to Cardiff? Probably access for parking!"

"They are one of the top teams in the country, one of the top teams in Europe, and they have fantastic players, that is never in doubt.

"They are one of the favourites for the league as well, one of the best leagues in the world as well. So it's going to be a tough game for us, we know that.

"I am pretty sure they are very respectful of us, I don't doubt that. He (Pellegrini) is a top manager and someone who is an incredible professional and has a great career, so they will do their job and homework properly on us."

Goalkeeper Marshall, meanwhile, knows it is going to take an outstanding defensive display if Cardiff are to get anything out of Sunday's contest, and he expects to be busy.

He said: "Manchester City are expected to win the title with the players they have brought in, so the pressure is on them.

"If we're going to get anything we're going to have to defend really well. I'll have to make saves.

"There will be a point where Manchester City are that good then we'll have no other option than to park the bus. We'll be forced back to defend.

"It is something we are working hard on, there will be certain times where we get pegged back, get numbers behind the ball and have to defend well."

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