Manchester City boss won't engage Mourinho in war of words

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Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists he won't be responding to any comments made by Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, saying he will let his team do his talking for him on the pitch on Monday.

The two Premier League heavyweights go head to head at the Etihad Stadium, with both teams looking to land a decisive blow in what is shaping up to be a tight title race.

Mourinho has been trying to engage Pellegrini in a battle of wits ahead of the game, insisting that City are the favourites for the title, and that they have been underachieving.

However the Manchester City manager was keen not to give his Chelsea counterpart any ammunition, and said his side will provide him with the perfect response on Monday.

“I think the most important thing is to talk on the pitch when you have to play," he told reporters.

“But every manager can do it the way he wants — for me, I have a different way.”

The two were rivals in Spain last season, while Mourinho took Pellegrini's job as Real Madrid coach back in 2010.

The Manchester City boss also refused to shake his rival's hand when the two teams met in October.

Since Chelsea won that game, the Citizens have gone on an impressive run of form that has taken them to the top of the table.

Pellegrini insists his side are completely different to the one that lost at Stamford Bridge.

“We have improved since then," he said. "And we must continue to improve.

“I am sure the players don’t believe the hype. They know the only thing we have to do is beat Chelsea.”

“I always try to put our idea on the pitch to try and beat the other team.”

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