Daniel Farke expects a tough battle as City close their Sky Bet Championship campaign against Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday.
Wednesday are 16th in the table, following last season’s play-off semi-final defeat, and Farke admits he has been surprised by their struggles this season.
“They were fighting against relegation for much of the season but they’ve had good results recently and climbed up the table,” Farke told the media on Friday lunchtime.
“It’s surprising they’ve been in this position as they’ve spent a lot of money on some good quality players, and they are a good side.”
With City having to do without Mario Vrancic, Alex Tettey and possibly Grant Hanley, Farke knows his side have to be fully committed in order to finish the season with a win.
“It’ll be a tough last test for us, and it’s a shame we’re missing some names but we have to handle it,” he said. “We want to be there with a good performance and to finish really well and to finish with a win.”
Farke also looked ahead to next season, and believes his squad is shaping up well after a year of transition both on and off the field.
“I get the feeling we’re in a much better position now than we were at the end of last season,” he said. “There are some good experienced lads in the squad still and we have a proper group of key players.
“Our centre-back positions have all proved they can play at a really good level, and our central midfield has a lot of depth. There is business to do and some topics to work on, but we have a very good base.
“With loan players it can take a while because they have to return to their club and talk to their club, so this can take a while. We’ve had loan players who are a perfect fit for us, so it’s crucial we sort everything out with the loan players. That’s the first step. And then the second step is to add new signings. But we’re not too far away from having the squad we want.”