Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini is refusing to be drawn into head games with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ahead of the big meeting between the two sides on Monday evening, reports Sky
The Portuguese made thinly-veiled digs against Man City during a press conference on Friday, stating his belief that some clubs were not treating the new Financial Fair Play regulations with any respect.
He also stated that City were widely expected to score freely against any opposition, including his own Blues squad, and that the Citizens were clear favourites to lift the Premier League crown at the end of the season.
Pellegrini, however, insists that his side are only focused on their next game, and his only concern with his players is on a game-by-game basis.
The 60-year-old Chilean said: “I’m not concerned about (these) things, I’m concerned about the amount of games we have to play. I’m concerned, like every manager, (about) trying to win all of the games.
“It would be a very important win but after that game we have 42 points more (to play for). It is not a race only of Chelsea and Manchester City.
“Arsenal dropped just two points in one draw (this week). I don’t think because they dropped two points they have a weaker hand than the other teams. They are as strong as Chelsea or our team.
“There are three or more teams that all have chances also to win the title.”
City lead the table heading into Saturday afternoon’s games, having leapfrogged Arsenal with their win over Tottenham. The single point advantage could potentially mean little in the short-term at least, but a vastly superior goal difference imples that the Etihad Stadium outfit are the ones in control, even marginally.
Pellegrini also insisted that City will approach the match against the London side in the same vein as they do every other game, and nothing will change despite their opponent’s league standing.
He continued: “I don’t know which way Chelsea will play on Monday. They have a style of play, maybe it’s not the same style that I like, but everyone can play the way they want.
“I never criticise what other teams do. I think it is very important for every team to resolve the problem that they have every match.”
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