Pellegrini – Chelsea did not want to win the game

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has claimed Jose Mourinho and Chelsea showed no desire to win the game after their crunch clash ended in a 1-1 draw, according to Sky Sports.

The two title favourites played out a draw after City saw Pablo Zabaleta sent off and needed a goal from former Chelsea hero Frank Lampard to claim a share of the spoils – leaving them five points adrift of the Blues.

City suffered a 1-0 defeat to Stoke at the Etihad after the Potters used similar tactics, and while the Chilean boss was pleased with the spirit his players showed he was still unhappy with the result and how Chelsea played out the game.

He said after the match: “It was very difficult because they have very good players, but they had nine players in front of their box.

“We had chances, especially in the second half, to open the scoring, but we couldn’t do it.

“After they scored we showed our character, with the way we played with ten men.

“I think it will be very difficult to defend the title because teams are playing the way Chelsea played against us.

“I didn’t think they had an intention to win the game, just to score on the counter-attack.”

City are now without a win in four games having drawn with Chelsea and other potential title challengers Arsenal – while two 1-0 losses to Stoke and then Bayern Munich have left them without a victory since they convincingly beat Liverpool back in August.

The result leaves them sixth and whilst they avoided going eight points behind at this early stage, already have their work cut out to regain ground on leaders Chelsea.

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