Mark Hughes admits facing sides at the top end of the table is aiding his preparation for next season, ahead of the visit of Tranmere Rovers.
Rovers will be the sixth of City’s last seven opponents to reside inside the top 10, and Hughes believes it is the perfect opportunity to learn from the sides battling for promotion.
As he looked towards the Good Friday fixture, the Welshman spoke about the knowledge he has gained from playing the top teams in the division and how it is helping him build for the future.
He said: “It has given me an insight into which way you can go - the different approaches and different play styles.
“There are a lot of styles in this league that can be successful and we would like to marry them all together into one style.
“It is a significant game for them tomorrow - teams will always come here and have a go at you.
“We are looking forward to the game. It was good energy in training at the stadium and the group looked sharp.”
The loaded Easter schedule means two games in quick succession for the Bantams, making it the perfect time for Hughes to have options available.
Lee Angol’s 30-minute cameo last weekend, coupled with Levi Sutton and Abo Eisa’s return to training will give the 58-year-old the ideal headache for the quick turnaround.
He added: “I have a lot of players who are available at the minute. You would rather have it that way than be struggling for numbers.
“If I feel we need to be more energetic in certain areas because some of the lads are tired from tomorrow, then we will plan accordingly.
“Abo is integrated into the squad now. Levi might be an option for Monday.
“Lee has had a good week, it was good to see him on the pitch. Charles is also closer to starting.”
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