Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has joined Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in hitting back at criticism from Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho, reports the Daily Mirror.
The Portuguese recently accused the Gunners of being boring for a lack of trophies, and also claimed the Citizens should have been penalised more severely for breaking Financial Fair Play rules. Now both have had time to respond, and don’t seem to be holding back on their Stamford Bridge counterpart.
Wenger accused the 53-year-old of lacking respect, saying: “The biggest thing for a manager is to respect each other and some people have to improve on that. Everybody lives with his own internal problems and I live with mine. That is enough.”
Meanwhile Pellegrini had similar sentiments for the former Real Madrid manager, adding: “Every manager can say what he wants about Financial Fair Play rules. We didn’t lose points because we didn’t deserve to.
“There are so many things he always says that don’t matter, about Chelsea or referees or the FA Cup or other managers or other things. When you think everything is normal to say to win, you can say what you want.”
Although the Blues have the Premier League title all but sewn up this season, both the Sky Blues and the North London side are likely to be challenging next time round. With such animosity between the men leading the three teams it could make for a heated title race. The probable presence of Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal in the competition, another who doesn’t step down from a confrontation, will only add to the excitement.