Mind games: Mourinho has dismissed Chelsea’s title chances against big-spending City
Jose Mourinho and Manuel Pellegrini have been involved in an escalating war of words especially after last week’s big win of the Special One’s Chelsea over Manuel Pellegrini’s Manchester City. The Portuguese manager have branded his side the ‘little horses’ in the title race and that the title is for Manchester City and Arsenal to lose in order for his side to succeed and claim the illustrious premier league at the end of May.
And such mind games of Mourinho to ease the pressure of his team has not gone well with his counterpart at the Etihad. The Chilean boss dismissed the notion of Chelsea being ‘little horses’ in the title race but instead a rich horse. Pellegrini pointed out Chelsea had the biggest net spend in the last 10 years of the title contenders while his team since being bankrolled by the Arab billionaire has spent more money than Abramovic had in the last decade at Stamford Bridge.
In this article, we analyze who is correct and who is wrong in this exciting mind games between two of the premier league giants tipped to lift the trophy by the end of the season.
Here is the full quote from Jose Mourinho’s analysis of the title race that has commenced between the three top contenders in the league table at the moment…
“We are not a squad like City with every player in the best moment of their careers. All of them are between the ages of 24 and 30. All of them have been working together for quite a long time, the manager arrived and the team was ready for him.’
‘Arsenal are the biggest example of stability and a manager working with players year after year. He’s worked with them since they were really young players – Ramsey, Sagna, Walcott, Wilshere – all these guys have been working with the same manager at the same club for many years.’
‘We are different, we are just beginning. In the first day of next pre-season I will say yes we are there and we accept people considering Chelsea as candidates. Today, no. We are there because we are doing very well or because maybe Man City and Arsenal aren’t doing as well as they should with the conditions they have.”
Everything Mourinho claimed in his words were a facts and a good argument as to why Chelsea aren’t the favorites. The west London side has been in process of rebuilding since our Champions league victory in 2012 and the young players signed are just know showing their quality and being match winners this season under the leadership of Mourinho.
Even though the Blues have won the Europa League last season, it was a disappointing 2012/13 season which saw two managers (one club legend and another a Fat Spanish Waiter or the Chelsea reject). We failed in 8 of the top trophies we have contended for last season only winning the Europa League. It is after that season that we have achieved an incredible double over Manchester City this season and also holding the at bay from scoring at their home ground since November 2010.
Mourinho has a point in comparing the three sides and branding that either Arsenal or Manchester City are favorites for the premier league crown at the end of the season.
And here is the full quote of Pellegrini’s response to the mind games of Jose Mourinho to ease the pressure of his squad…
“Maybe it is a small horse if the manager (Mourinho) thinks like that but it is also a very rich one,’ he said. ‘This is the team that spends the most money in the last 10 years, it is the team that spends the most money this year and the team that spends the most money in the transfer window, so a little bit rich.’
‘He shows in the last two games he has a strong team with some great players, but he thinks it is better not to talk about it. Why? Because if he wins (the title), he has all the merit, while if he loses, he does not have the responsibility. It is the way he acts. ‘It will be very close with Chelsea and Arsenal. Arsenal is the favorite because they have a two-point lead in the table, an important advantage.”
As seen here, Manuel Pellegrini is blaming for Chelsea for excess spending on transfers while his own Manchester City side have lashed out more money in the past 5 years than Chelsea as demonstrated in this table by transferleague.co.uk
The figures tell it all: Transfer league’s table shows the purchased gross and the net profit
So, we can come to the conclusion that Jose Mourinho has really gotten in the head of Manuel Pellegrini that the Chilean is confessing the wrong words that would come back to hunt him. Big spenders Manchester City had given excess money for their current manager to spend last summer and he had an almost perfect squad of players to manage and lead to trophy.
Jose is surely winning the mind games and battle of words as he always does and successdully did before against the likes of Ferguson and Pep Gardiola let alone Manuel Pellegrini.
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