Manuel Pellegrini and André Villas-Boas have expressed concerns over the Premier League Asia Trophy finals day because of the torrential rain that continues to hit Hong Kong, with the Tottenham Hotspur manager admitting he would prefer his team did not have to play South China in Saturday's third-place play-off.
On Wednesday Villas-Boas potentially lost Jan Vertonghen for the start of the season after he suffered sprained ankle ligaments when slipping on the Hong Kong Stadium's sodden pitch during Tottenham's 3-1 semi-final defeat to Sunderland.
"The conditions are extremely poor, we have lost one player through injury," the Portuguese said. "Not just because of the conditions, but it is a factor and I would ideally like to avoid circumstances like this. The pitch is not in good condition, they are going to be extremely poor conditions tomorrow and the pitch will be even more difficult for the final. I would prefer not to go ahead but we are professional and we have come out for this tournament. Conditions haven't helped us but it is our responsibility to go ahead."
While the semi-finals were nearly called off with each match reduced to 40 minutes a half because of the conditions, Pellegrini was asked if City's final against Sunderland would not be able to be played. "I don't know what will happen, it doesn't depend on me," he said. "It's up to the tournament organisers. We must be optimists and hope we can play tomorrow."
Are the conditions a worry? "[They are] not exactly as we need but we could work yes, not absolutely normally. We worked this morning with some troubles but not too much."
Vertonghen's injury caused questions to be asked but the Premier League chief executive, Richard Scudamore, said: "I think it was safe to play. You play games in the Premier League and in the Championship in those conditions. If at any point we thought it wasn't safe, we wouldn't have played it. The pitch drained very easily and they were good games."