Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit out at critics of Manchester City and of their boss Manuel Pellegrini after a recent slump in form that has seen them drop out of the title race.
Although City have lost eight games since the turn of the year, dropping to fourth in the Premier League in the process, Mourinho admits he cannot understand why Pellegrini’s future is in doubt and why the club have been so harshly attacked by the press.
City won the league last season, making it two titles in three years at the Etihad Stadium, which Mourinho argues is a great achievement and not one that can be repeated every single season, with the Premier League a competitive tournament with a number of big teams who can go on to win the trophy every year.
The Portuguese coach admitted that City would not be retaining their title, but has ridiculed claims that the former Real Madrid and Malaga head coach needs to go.
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“OK they won’t win this title this year but they did last year. I don’t understand,” he is quoted in The Sun.
“I don’t understand the difference between clubs and managers. Some managers cannot win and life goes on but the guys at Man City, it looks like they are criminals.
“On the one hand you want that competitiveness in this country. You don’t like a team to win two titles in a row, a team to be dominant, you want lots of teams fighting for it.
“So how can you be so negative with a team that’s won two titles in three years?
“Every game is difficult. What I’m surprised about is that a team that won two titles in three years, a team that are still champions and won two trophies last season, you can bring this team to hell.
“It looks like they don’t deserve respect, that they are bad players, that the manager is a bad manager, that they are a disaster. But they are the champions. I don’t understand.”