Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says Chelsea are deserved champions this season but insists they are champions with “small team mentality”. Mourinho and Pellegrini have been against each other both in La Liga and Premier League. But Pellegrini criticized Mourinho openly for the first time.
“There are so many things he always says that don’t matter – about Chelsea, or referees, or the FA Cup, or other managers or other things.
“When you think everything is normal to say to win, you can say what you want.
“When we play against Chelsea I say the impression is we play against a small team with very good players.
“You ask me about this season I think that Chelsea was the best team, that he deserves to win the title because he has been the most consistent team with very good players.
“I congratulate his owner because he is always improving his squad and I congratulate his fans and Jose Mourinho and the players because they deserve absolutely the title.
“You as a manager have a different way of thinking about what is professional. Always, for winning a game, you can do what you can. You can do it. I don’t think in the same way, but he can do what he needs to win. I don’t criticise him. It is different ways of thinking.”
Pellegrini also reacted to Mourinho’s comments on Manchester City for their Financial Fair Play breach and asked UEFA to deduce points of City earlier.
“Every manager can say what he wants about Financial Fair Play rules. We don’t lose points because we don’t deserve to,” Pellegrini added.
Pellegrini says he respects the manner in which Mourinho and Chelsea won Premier League title but he prefers to win with more flair.
“Every person is different. I don’t think every person must be exactly the same. For me, a big team which has possession of the ball, must try to score more goals, must try always to win.
“The most important thing is to win. That you can go for big games from the beginning or you can wait. It is different ways of thinking.
“If the owner of the club is – I’m not talking about Chelsea, I’m taking about every club – if the owner is happy, if the fans like the way the team plays, if the players have the commitment to the way the manager wants to play and the manager likes to play in that way, it doesn’t matter.
“Maybe for some managers, it’s more attractive to score goals. Maybe for another manager it’s more attractive not to concede goals. You must ask the fans what they prefer.”