Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has suggested that Jose Mourinho’s recent comments comparing Chelsea to a “little horse” against his side and Arsenal were disingenuous.
Mourinho, speaking after his team’s 1-0 win over Man City at the Etihad Stadium, said Chelsea were unlikely to win the Premier League title this season - despite the fact they are currently just two points behind league-leaders Arsenal - because of the quality of the two teams above the Blues.
"Two horses and a little horse that still needs milk and to learn how to jump. A horse that next season can race," was the analogy Mourinho used earlier this week.
However, Pellegrini - who doesn’t enjoy the best of relationships with Mourinho - pointed to the fact that Chelsea have spent more money than any other Premier League club this year.
Mourinho bolstered his squad last month with the acquisitions of midfielder Nemanja Matic and winger Mohamed Salah, who cost £21m and £11m respectively, while he also signed £12m Kurt Zouma - although the 19-year-old defender will spent the rest of the season on loan at Saint-Etienne.
"Maybe it is a small horse if the manager thinks like that,” Pellegrini told reporters. “It can be a little horse but very rich. This is the team that spends most money in the last 10 years, it is the team that spends most money this year and the team that spends the most money in the transfer window so [it is] little but rich."
The Manchester City manager, however, is not surprised by Mourinho’s comments.
"I think he is favourite but he thinks if he wins he will have the merits but if he loses he does not have responsibility,” Pellegrini added. “It is the way he acts. Everyone acts the way he thinks is better for his team."