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David Silva and Roberto Mancini Have Praise for Rafa Benitez

Benitez has been unpopular with Chelsea fans since he started his new job at Chelsea this season.

“I think Rafa is a good manager, he doesn’t deserve all these bad things that he has there. He has worked hard and worked well for Chelsea," said City boss Mancini. “Football is strange. But he is still one of the best managers.”

Man City’s Spanish midfield star David Silva was coached briefly by Benitez at Valencia.

“I played one friendly under him when I was 16 against Castillon nine or 10 years ago," said Silva. “Of course, I’ve followed his career very closely. He’s a very, very good manager.

“I saw what he did when he was at Liverpool. He’s a great manager. I haven’t worked that closely with him but I know he’s studied the game,: continued Silva. “He’s into the tactical side of the game and is very creative. He analyses football massively.”

Silva may miss the battle due to injury.

“We will decide on Sunday morning on David,” said Mancini. “We don’t know if it’s possible for him to play or whether it might be a risk if he does. He has a chance, but I don’t think he can recover fully.

“He may be able to play some part, but we will make a final decision as late as possible.”

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