Roberto Mancini reckons Roberto Di Matteo's sacking makes Manchester City's visit to Chelsea all the tougher. It will be Rafa Benitez in the adjacent dugout instead of the sacked Roberto Di Matteo, and the City boss said: "Usually when one team changes a manager the game after for the opponents is very difficult. For us, I think it is more difficult.
"Chelsea is a good team with Di Matteo and will be a good team for Benitez. They have good players. Until three games ago they played fantastic football and were on the top."
The decision to sack Di Matteo has drawn near-unanimous criticism from his fellow managers, and Mancini is no different.
He said: "I am very sorry for Di Matteo because he won the Champions League three or four months ago - but this is our life.
"When we make this choice to become a manager we know it can also be difficult. It is difficult for him, but this is the manager's life."