Manuel Pellegrini warns Mourinho: Man City will do their talking ON the pitch

After Jose Mourinho said luck had a part to play in Man City’s season, Pellegrini hits back and says he has ‘his own way’ of doing things
Hush, Jose: Pells warns Mourinho that Man City will do their talking on the pitch

Manuel Pellegrini has warned Jose Mourinho that Manchester City will do their talking on the pitch.

Pellegrini is refusing to get embroiled in a war of words with the Chelsea boss ahead of Monday night’s showdown at the Etihad, despite some provocative jibes from the Special One.

But City’s Chilean manager has called on his players to deliver the kind of message that Mourinho will hear loud and clear – by moving six points clear of the Londoners in the title race.

“I think that the most important thing is to do your talking on the pitch when you play,” said Pellegrini, who insisted he will shake hands with his rival after snubbing him at Stamford Bridge in October.

“Every manager can do whatever he wants but, for me, I have my own way of doing things.

“I do not know what Mourinho has said about us and I have no comment to make about him. I always tell my players that it doesn’t matter who we are playing or whether we are home or away.

“What is important is that we try our best from the beginning, that we have a winning mentality and that we work well with and without the ball. In the last match against Chelsea we made a very important mistake and we lost the game.

“But we have improved since then. All the statistics say we are improving. But I have told the players that they must continue to improve.”

Mourinho celebrated Fernando Torres’ last-minute winner against City at Stamford Bridge by diving into the crowd to celebrate with his son.


Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho celebrates with the crowd during Man City clash


Pellegrini felt the Chelsea manager had shown a lack of respect – and reciprocated by refusing to shake his hand.

“Yes, I will shake his hand,” said Pellegrini. But that is the only concession he is willing to make.

City have lost just once in 24 matches since that defeat at the hands of Mourinho in October. But despite going top of the table when a 5-1 win at Tottenham on Wednesday night took City’s goal tally to the season to an astonishing 115, Pellegrini insists his players will not be caught up in the hype.

He said: “We are not invincible.

“No team is invincible and I am absolutely sure that the players do not believe all the hype.

“In every match it is possible you can lose. That’s why keeping our style and philosophy is important.”