Roberto Mancini analysed this Sunday's Fiorentina-Roma match, managed by former teammates Sinisa Mihajlovic and Vincenzo Montella.
All three of them played together at Sampdoria in 1996-97, while Mihajlovic was also Mancini's assistant manager at Inter.
“Sinisa has been working at a high level for quite some time now, having several positive experiences before coming to Florence,” the Manchester City boss told the Corriere dello Sport.
“I must admit I'm amazed at Vincenzo, as I didn't think it was in his plans to become a Coach.
“After a spell with the Roma youth academy, he started this new career immediately taking control of the senior team. He doesn't lack the necessary qualities and I think he can go far.”
The two junior tacticians go head-to-head on Sunday at the Stadio Franchi in a battle for Europe.
“It's going to be a fun game,” continued Mancini. “Fiorentina can play without pressure, as they are safe and could even reach the Europa League.
“Montella's Roma have won some important games, including the derby last week. It isn't easy to make a prediction, but these sides are in good shape and can both offer entertaining football.”
Mancio was the classic Number 10 as a player and looks to the creative figure in the two teams.
“Francesco Totti and Adrian Mutu are great players who make the difference. They can turn a game around at any moment, but there are so many others in the teams who make an impact, including Jeremy Menez.”