Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has risked the wrath of Chelsea fans by labelling Chelsea as a ‘small team’ after the 1-1 draw at Etihad stadium. Chelsea adopted a defensive tactics, much like City, and a frustrated Pellegrini says that those tactics are no better than those adopted by City’s previous league opponents Stoke City. According to BBC, he said:
“I think we played 90 minutes against a small team trying to defend.
“I would not be happy to play that way. Ten players defended their own half, they scored a counter attack and they continued to defend until the end.
“I think we played against exactly the same team we played against Stoke here. It was very difficult for us to score but finally we did. The result is not what both teams did during 90 minutes.
“I don’t want to analyse Chelsea. What the other teams do, it is not my duty to analyse.”
Understandably, Pellegrini is frustrated with his team’s poor start to the season. They have gone four matches without a win in all competitions, but shouldn’t he be looking at his own tactics rather than disrespecting other teams?
There are several ironies to take from Pellegrini’s statements. Firstly, it comes from a Manchester City manager, who seems to forget that City were playing in LEAGUE ONE at the turn of the century. Here is a club that has one European title (1970 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup) and suddenly Pellegrini appears to think that he has become the manager of the biggest club in the world!
In fact, Pellegrini does not have the right to call Jose Mourinho as the manager of a small team. Pellegrini will forever be remembered as one of the worst managers in Real Madrid’s history. This is a man who has a grand total of three major titles in European football.
Mourinho’s major titles (14): 2 Portuguese League, 2 Premier League, 2 Italian Serie A, 1 la Liga, 1 FA Cup, 2 League Cup, 1 Coppa Italia, 1 Copa del Rey, 2 Champions League, 1 UEFA Cup.
Pellegrini’s titles in Europe (3): 1 Premier League, 1 League Cup, 1 Intertoto Cup (time to stop laughing)
Mr. Pellegrini, this should be enough to keep your mouth shut. You are just a SMALL-TIME manager who has hit the jackpot with City’s riches.