Gary Bowyer has called for his players to “create their own history” ahead of tonight's Carabao Cup first-round battle with Preston.
The competition holds special memories for City, having reached the final at Wembley during a history-making cup run in 2013.
And Bowyer is looking for his side to write another chapter in the club’s proud past, starting at the Utilita Energy Stadium this evening.
He said: “We have spoken a lot about the 2013 team and had a lot of meetings about it when I first arrived at the club.
“There are pictures up in dining room at the training ground, so everyone is aware of the magnitude of the achievement.
“It is now up to the players to create their own history. We want them to question the point of being at the club if they are not determined to achieve something special.
“We want to win this game - as we do every game - and are desperate to get into the next round.
“We have stressed to them how much of an opportunity it is. It is now up to them to stand up and be counted.”
Bowyer is fully aware of the challenge the Sky Bet Championship outfit will present this evening.
The Bantams boss has spoken admirably of the Lilywhites and their manager, Alex Neil, and is expecting a tough test.
He added: “This is probably one of the toughest first-round draws we could have been handed.
“Preston have built a very good squad, not just a good team. They have a sensible club model and recruit young, hungry players.
“I was lucky enough to go down and watch them train while I was without a club.
“Alex Neil was very open and gave me a great insight into the level of detail needed, in order to be successful.
“He is a great manager who has obviously managed in the Premier League with Norwich.
“This is a huge challenge and whichever team Preston put out would probably start in the Sky Bet Championship.”
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