Manuel Pellegrini backs Jose Mourinho to pull Chelsea out of crisis

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Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has unexpectedly given his backing to under-fire Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho to get the club out of their current funk, the Daily Express reports.

The two men have made no secret of their mutual dislike for each other in the past, but Pellegrini has lent his support to The Special One as the man to get the club back on track following their nightmarish start to the season.

“All managers have a bad moment in their career or in a season,” said Pellegrini, who came under intense scrutiny himself following City’s title fade-out last season.

“It’s normal. So I think, because he’s a very important manager, that he will arrange his team.

“He’s already demonstrated what he can do. He was the champion of the Premier League last season.

“The mathematics always say whether you can still win the title or not. There are still enough points to play for. I am sure Chelsea will be involved in the fight for the title and they will continue to be a very strong team. They are not in their best moment but I am sure they will improve.”

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