In a clash of Premier League giants, Manchester City will face off against Chelsea on Sunday. However, the managerial situation on the Chelsea club is what's currently dominating the football buzz.
Not many fans saw the termination of Roberto Di Matteo becoming a reality this abruptly. While Chelsea would like nothing more than to minimize the chatter regarding the decision, the skipper situation currently stands as the team's hottest topic.
Rafa Benitez was given the reigns in Di Matteo's place for the remainder of the season. The new coach first joined the football club on Thursday for a training session.
On the managerial side for Manchester City, Robert Mancini stated that he's feeling no extra pressure to repeat as Premier League champions, which would be a result of the team's failure to perform in Europe.
Unfortunately, City is no longer able to advance onto the knockout stages in the Champions League, as they've only collected a mere three points in five matchups.
However, Mancini's squad made up for its shortcomings last season in similar fashion by winning their first league championship in 44 years. City's focal point will now transition into replicating that success.
With expectations seemingly rising at the Etihad Stadium, a remark was made to Mancini that the pressure on his team this time around will exceed that of a year ago. However, the coach disagreed, according to ESPN.
"I think we could be disappointed because we wanted to go and play the February stage in the Champions League, because we have good players and these players probably deserved to play in this competition. But we don't have pressure," Mancini stated.
"We know we have a chance to win if we stay together in a difficult moment like now, but we do not have pressure because we went out of the Champions League," he added.
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