Slavisa Jokanovic has described the FA Cup as the best competition in the world as it allows Fulham to compete with both the likes of Manchester United and Stourbridge FC.
The Whites boss has experience of being involved in the cup final when he was an unused substitute for Chelsea against Arsenal.
And the Serbian has a lot of love for the competition and its rich history.
“It's the best cup competition in the world and our ambition is to win at Cardiff. We're going to arrive at this game with the same ambition as the games before,” Jokanovic said.
“It's organised very well. There's so much history behind this competition. We're thinking we can win the game in front of us and we can try and compete with Man United, Man City and Chelsea and make some kind of surprise.
“Generally, it's only five games to play at Wembley. It's a different competition. Our ambitions are similar.
“Am I going to experiment? No. I try and organise ourselves in the best way we can at this moment and we can try and be stronger for the game ahead of us.”
Jokanovic admitted that he hadn't expected such a large crowd to be there for his FA Cup debut where Chelsea, eventually, beat Peterborough United 5-0 although four goals came in the second half.
He explained: “I remember my first game with Chelsea against Peterborough in 2001. (Claudio) Ranieri changed the squad and put players who hadn't been a regular like me in the starting XI. We were playing at Stamford Bridge in front of a full ground.
“At the start, I thought it may have been like a pre-season game but Stamford Bridge was full with 8,000 away fans.
“The first half was complicated and we were 1-0 up but we resolved it at the end. It was my first experience and my last at Chelsea was with this final we lost.”
Jokanovic was part of the Chelsea squad that reached the final in 2002 but they were beaten 2-0 by Arsenal at the Millenium Stadium.
He added: “I remember playing in it. I was on the bench in one final (in 2002). I remember full grounds home and away. I remember we had replays with West Ham and Norwich.
“We played seven to reach the final against Arsenal where we lost. I got a medal. I wasn't involved in this game.”
Jokanovic then joked: “Claudio made a mistake (in not picking me).”
It will also mark the first time the Serbian has come across Neil Warnock but he insisted he has full respect for the Cardiff manager.
He revealed: “I don't remember coming across him. He's a well known coach in this country. I'll try and find a way to win the game.
“I have my style, he has his style. At the end, I have to respect a long career and many games that he's coached in this country.
“He has a lot of experience and he won't make it easy for me but I expect that.”
Fulham fans, though, are facing an early start as BBC Wales have elected to make the game a televised contest at 11.30am. The first train from London arrives in the Welsh capital at 10.59am, although Fulham have laied on free coaches.
Jokanovic, though, will be unaffected, saying: “We are working more or less at this time. I understand our supporters have complained about finding connection to Cardiff.
“We're going to try and support them in some way to give them a chance of easier transport for going to Cardiff.
“We don't have so many changes. We're going spend the day before in Cardiff and have enough time to prepare for the game in front of us.”