Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is backing "cool dude" Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti to cope with the pressure on his shoulders after experiencing a similar scenario himself in charge of Rangers.
McLeish is a hero with Blues fans after lifting the Carling Cup as his side look to complete a double over Chelsea in Wednesday's Barclays Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
In contrast, Ancelotti is currently feeling the heat despite leading Chelsea to a trophy double last season.
But McLeish knows he also will come under the microscope if Birmingham are relegated despite their shock cup win over Arsenal at Wembley two months ago.
"I can relate to what is happening with Carlo. I went trophyless one of the seasons at Rangers," he said. "That is not very good in the eyes of the Rangers fans or anyone associated with the club.
"Carlo will be feeling the same. We know the law of the jungle as managers. You are going to get scrutinised and criticised.
"But Ancelotti is a cool dude, has been around the block a few times, has massive experience."