Portuguese wants his City counterpart to be judged by the same standards as he was after first arriving in England nine years ago.
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Returning Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho has already started to pile the pressure on new Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini by claiming that the Chilean should be expected to win the Premier League title in his first season at Eastlands following the north-west club’s lavish outlay on players this summer, reports the Daily Mail.
Mega-rich City have already added the likes of Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo, Jesus Navas and Stevan Jovetic to their first-team squad in the close season, with yet still more players set to arrive at the club before the transfer window slams shut once again on Aug 31.
However, the self-styled ‘Special One’ says that as a result of their recent spending, Pellegrini and Co should be judged as he was when he first arrived at Stamford Bridge from FC Porto in the summer of 2004, with Mourinho immediately put under severe pressure from the media to deliver the west London club their first title in 50 years in his debut campaign in the capital.
“Manchester City have just bought four important players to improve their fantastic squad,” said Mourinho.
“In my first time, there was always pressure on me from people saying: ‘You buy this, you spend that, you buy the title’. So I hope now it is on the other side.
“They have bought very well and that doesn’t surprise me because they have the money and also the knowledge.
“I know the players they’ve bought and they are players at the top of their careers, experienced but still young.
“Navas and Negredo are world champions, and European champions, both 27. I know them well from my three years in Spain.
“Jovetic for more than two years is one of the best in Italian football, a kid that has five years of playing in Serie A for Fiorentina at the highest level. Fernandinho is more than that, because he has more experience, a national team player, big experience too.
“They are players without surprises. They are more than ready. If you see their age, their maturity, they are in the perfect moment of their career to go to England, no need for adaptation, no need of work to learn the project.”
In total, big-spending City have so far forked out £22.88 million on Jovetic, £22m on Negredo, £35.2m on Fernandinho and a further £17.6m on Navas, totalling a mammoth £97.68m on new recruits since Pellegrini replaced previous City boss Roberto Mancini at the club.