Jose Mourinho has intensified the ‘mind games’ by saying that Manchester City have underachieved in recent seasons.
The Portuguese’s latest comments came after he had already described the former champions as “lucky” because of a number of dubious refereeing decisions that had gone their way.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Mourinho said, “they won one title, won a couple of cups. Only in Europe they didn't do well, or close to doing well.”
"Speaking objectively, they did very bad in the Champions League in previous seasons, also in the Europa League. But the team is fantastic, the squad is fantastic and normally they (should) win more titles."
Indeed, in City’s first two seasons in the Champions League with Roberto Mancini as manager, they were unable to progress beyond the group stages.
Mourinho, as he has done in previous seasons, is intensifying his verbal attacks on rivals as the Premier League season progresses.
With Manchester City sitting at the top of the league, they are prime targets.
The Portuguese also took a personal swipe at Manuel Pellegrini, City’s manager, by making reference to the Chilean not realising that he only needed one goal in the group victory over Bayern Munich for the Citizens to top the group and thus avoid the likes of Barcelona.
“The first thing to be successful in Europe is to know the rules of the competition. That's the first thing,” said Mourinho.
Mourinho had also reignited old rivalries earlier in the season by again criticising Manuel Pellegrini for going to a club like Malaga following his sacking from Real Madrid.
With the two teams set to face each other on Monday evening, it is clear that Chelsea’s manager is keen to gain whatever advantage possible over a team that is superior to his own on paper.