Chelseaâ€™s unpopular interim boss has big supporters at todayâ€™s Wembley opponents â€” Mancini and David Silva.
City boss Mancini said: â€śI think Rafa is a good manager, he doesnâ€™t deserve all these bad things that he has there. He has worked hard and worked well for Chelsea.
â€śFootball is strange. But he is still one of the best managers.â€ť
He said: â€śI played one friendly under him when I was 16 against Castillon nine or 10 years ago.
â€śOf course, Iâ€™ve followed his career very closely. Heâ€™s a very, very good manager.
â€śI saw what he did when he was at Liverpool. Heâ€™s a great manager. I havenâ€™t worked that closely with him but I know heâ€™s studied the game.
â€śHeâ€™s into the tactical side of the game and is very creative. He analyses football massively.â€ť