Pellegrini: Chelsea title win would be ‘bad for football’
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has claimed that it would be ‘bad for football’ if Chelsea were to finish this season as Premier League champions, Sky Sports has reported.
The Chilean believes that sides who show the greatest attacking intent and score the most goals are more deserving of winning the title, with his side having netted 84 times in the league this season, six less than leaders Liverpool. Meanwhile, Chelsea have found the net on 65 occasions with Jose Mourinho preferring the more methodical approach.
On Chelsea’s style of play, Pellegrini said: "It would be very disappointing, for football, for the fans, for everyone. I think that the most attractive football, the more goals you can score, should be rewarded. I'm not saying it's not important to defend very well. Football is attacking and defending. But I think that big teams must play as big teams."
Pellegrini also criticised Mourinho and Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers for continually playing down their respective sides’ title chances. He added: "I don't think it's true. Maybe they are covering for if they don't win the title.
"I don't know what their players think, but I'm sure if I said to my players we don't have any pressure to win, I don't think that would work. I don't think the players agree - not important players - that they don't have a chance of winning the title. Not when they are one point or two points off the top. When they are 10 points away, maybe.’
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