Clawing back a huge deficit in the Premier League title race hasn't been the only thing on Roberto Mancini's mind.
The Manchester City manager made the unusual move of beginning his post-match news conference on Sunday after a 2-0 victory over Chelsea by thanking outgoing Pope Benedict XVI for his eight years of service.
Hours earlier, Benedict had bestowed his final Sunday blessing of his pontificate on a cheering crowd in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. On Thursday, he will become the first pope to have resigned from the papacy in 600 years.
Mancini, a Catholic, visited the holy village of Medjugorje in Bosnia during the run-in to last season's league title, which City won on the final day.
City is 12 points behind Manchester United with 11 games remaining this season.