Pellegrini puts an end to war of words with Mourinho
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has drawn himself out of any war of words with his Chelsea counterpart Jose Mourinho in the future. The Chilean boss claims his attack on Mourinho last week was a one-off situation and that he will not be part of any more confrontations.
Pellegrini told reporters that Mourinho was a liar after the Portuguese boss labeled Manchester City as lucky club that has been benefitting from refereeing decisions. Pellegrini also suggested that Chelsea weren’t the “little horse” in the title race as they were in fact spending money freely to bring in new players.
The Stamford Bridge boss was obviously not going to keep quiet after Pellegrini’s verbal assault. Mourinho questioned Pellegrini’s mathematical skills, which led his club into second-place finish in the Champions League group stages, and asked the Football Association to put a ban on Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure after he was caught kick Norwich City player Ricky van Wolfswinkel in the goalless draw on Saturday.
Toure narrowly escaped a three-match ban, something that must have saved Pellegrini from having sleepless nights. The former Malaga manager told reporters that he had faith in the FA and the match referees.
“I suppose the FA acts in the way they think is better for all the teams,” Pellegrini said. “I trust in the FA and I trust in referees.”
The rivalry between Pellegrini and Mourinho dates back to when both men were working in Spain. Mourinho arrived at Real Madrid to replace the sacked Pellegrini. Later, Pellegrini joined La Liga outfit Malaga and the rivalry between the two further intensified.
“I just answered once to Mourinho because if you remain always in silence, people may agree with those things,” Pellegrini said. “He started talking about referees and financial fair play. I don’t think it is the way. I will not continue every week talking about things that for me are not an important level.”
Pellegrini further stated that he wanted to distance himself from Mourinho’s off-pitch statements. Pellegrini said that he will ignore Mourinho because he had now realized that the Portuguese will continue to talk about non-football related things every week.
“I don’t respond to things Mourinho says every week because he will continue every week to try talking about things that are not [related to] football,” Pellegrini said.