Jose Mourinho hits back in battle with Manuel Pellegrini

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has hit back in his war of words with Manuel Pellegrini after Chelsea played a 1-1 draw with Manchester City yesterday.

The Blues took the lead through Andre Schurrle only for Frank Lampard of all people to level things up. Afterwards Pellegrini took a swipe at Mourinho for his defensive set-up and said they played like a 'small team' and compared their performance to the smash and grab raid conducted by Stoke last month.

The pair have fallen out in the past but appear to have taken their rivalry to the next level after the draw which means that Chelsea are still five points clear of the reigning champions.

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Mourinho was unhappy when told of Pellegrini's comments, telling the City boss to mind his own business and focus on his own players. He also pronounced his rivals name 

"Pellegrino [sic] many times says he never speaks about me and my team but he keeps doing the same thing," he said after the game.

"I am the one that does as he says. I don't comment on his words. Don't ask me about his words, I am not interested in that."

End of a love affair

Mourinho wasn't keen to discuss Lampard's equaliser afterwards either. The midfielder is Chelsea's all-time leading scorer but came back to haunt his former side yesterday.

The veteran midfielder refused to celebrate the goal which earned his side a point in a tense encounter at the Etihad Stadium, having joined Manchester City on a short-term loan deal having been let go by Chelsea in the summer

Mourinho, the man credited with getting the best out of Lampard during his time at Stamford Bridge, now says the love affair between Chelsea and the legendary midfielder is now over.

"He is a Manchester City player. I don't believe in these histories of passion and heart, I don't believe in these. Maybe I am too pragmatic in football.

"When he decided to come to Man City, a direct competitor of Chelsea, love stories are over. He did his job as the super professional he is, and he did well."


Finally Ramires made his 200th appearance for Chelsea against City - and says he wants to remain with the Blues for years to come. 

“I am very proud to have completed these 200 games for Chelsea," he said. "It’s a huge honour to be one of the players in the current squad that have worn the shirt the most times.

“I hope to be at Chelsea for much longer and to achieve other important milestones in the future of the club.”

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