Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has slammed Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on his approach to winning matches. The Chilean states that Mourinho who has just been crowned Premier League Champion, wants personal credit and recognition for winning the League. Pellegrini is not the only manager to have a damning opinion of the Portuguese manager.
Earlier in the 2014/15 season Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger would not be drawn into a war of words with Mourinho but his opinion of him was very clear for all to see. Mourinho will forever be remembered for branding Wenger a "specialist in failure" to which Weneger responded by stating the Chelsea manager has no respect for other managers in the League.
Pellegrini has complained about the defensive tactics employed by Chelsea in their title winning season. Many fans around the country will agree with this as Chelsea were labelled "boring" in several occasions.
Speaking to Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, Pellegrini stated: "When he wins, Mourinho wants to take credit for everything". He continued: "I never do that. When I won the Premier League, I didn’t say a word.
"I don’t have any problem with Mourinho. He’s not my enemy and there isn’t any conflict – but I differ from him on all fronts. I have no interest in analysing him as a person."
Mourinho recently created a war of words with his two counterparts Wenger and Pellegrini at the Chelsea end of season awards ceremony. Speaking of City, Mourinho stated, "After that there was another team (wearing sky blue shirts) that were less radical and they asked to play only with one goal.
Mourhino then stated, "They were fantastic and they scored a lot of goals and the goals were coming from every position and they score and they score and they score, but they never conceded goals, because... no goal. “Again, the international board told them, 'I'm sorry, you can't be champions because football is with two goals."
Speaking of Arsenal in the same speech he poked fun by stating: "There is a third team, and the third team wants to play with two goals," he said. "They were scoring some, they were also conceding some. But they were fantastic, they score some really beautiful goals. They were almost there." Following this he stated, "But they asked the international board to play only between January and April. And they told 'no chance, no chance'."You have to play between August and May, so they couldn't be champions."
Pellegrini and Wenger certainly have a case when calling Mourinho disrespectful. However, both managers must learn not to fall into the trap of criticizing the Portuguese openly to the media as it could have consequences. Next season will see both City and Arsenal competing with Chelsea for the Premier League and arguably it could be a much closer season towards the end as both City and the Gunners will have improved squads and know how Chelsea want to play the game.