Chilean boss wanted his side to be fully concentrated for their fixture in the capital.
Manchester City defender Micah Richards has revealed that head coach Manuel Pellegrini used some attempts at amateur reverse psychology in order to spur the mega-rich Premier League outfit on to victory over West Ham United last weekend, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The experienced Chilean had told his players just prior to going out on to the pitch at Upton Park for Saturday’s evening kick-off that Premier League champions Manchester United had actually beaten Southampton at Old Trafford in their afternoon contest to close the gap on City, before urging them to do the same against the Hammers.
And the trick obviously had the desired effect as the visitors went on to record an impressive 3-1 win over West Ham to record their first Premier League away win of the season, with City’s right-back saying: “The manager said they (United) had won, Arsenal had won and Chelsea had won, so we had to win as well. Maybe it was a bit of reverse psychology.
“We just knew we had to win. Liverpool look strong and Arsenal just keep winning and United will come strong.”
City’s win in the east end of London lifted Pellegrini’s side up to fourth place in the Premier League standings, just three points behind leaders Arsenal after the opening eight fixtures of the campaign.
And now the north-west outfit travel to tale on Russian champions CSKA Moscow in their second group-stage fixture of this season’s Uefa Champions League on Wednesday afternoon.