Stoke City manager Tony Pulis told ITV's Ned Boulting that Manchester City's surge to prominence is good for football.
The Potters face the Premier League champions on Saturday in the FA Cup Fourth Round, with Stoke hoping to revenge the 2011 final loss to Roberto Mancini's side.
"We played Man City two years ago in the cup final, and lost 1-0. It was a massive disappointment at the time, but we knew Manchester City were an emerging force in football," Pulis explained.
"They've changed as a football club, they're a fantastic football club."
Pulis is hoping that his side will make a good account of themselves against a team who haven't won at the Britannia under Mancini.
"We know they're a fabulous team, with fabulous talent, if they turn up and they're really on it, then you can't do anything about it.
"We need to be right on it, and we need our crowd to be on it, and I'm sure they will."
Stoke v Man City is live on ITV and ITV.com on Saturday 26 January from 12.10pm