Pellegrini unhappy with Mourinho and his side’s tactics.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has gone on the offensive after his side drew 1-1 with Chelsea in a crunch Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium, report the Guardian, with the defensive tactics of the visitors being the target of Pellegrini’s ire.
For the second season in a row, Chelsea arrived at the home of the reigning champions looking to frustrate City and remain organised and, once again, they took the lead after winding up their opponents – although former hero Frank Lampard returned to haunt them with a late equaliser for Pellegrini’s side.
The Chilean still wasn’t happy, however, after accusing Chelsea of playing like a “small team” who had arrived at City with no intention of doing anything other than defending and looking to hold on for a 0-0 draw:
“It was very similar to the Stoke team, with a big team playing against a small team with very good players, trying to defend, trying to keep the score”
The reference to Stoke shows that Pellegrini is still smarting from his side’s home defeat to Mark Hughes’ Stoke City a couple of weeks ago, with the Potters also having managed to frustrate his side before striking on the break through pacy striker Mame Biram Diouf.
With Pablo Zabaleta also having been sent off after clashing with Chelsea striker Diego Costa, Pellegrini’s comments draw a fractious match to a close, with a new rivalry seemingly developing between the two favourites for the Premier League title.