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Manuel Pellegrini has taken a dig at Jose Mourinho

The Chilean coach says he is the polar opposite of the Chelsea manager.

Manuel Pellegrini claims he doesn't have any problem with Jose Mourinho.
Manuel Pellegrini claims he doesn't have any problem with Jose Mourinho.

MAN CITY MANAGER Manuel Pellegrini has taken a swipe at rival boss Jose Mourinho, saying the Chelsea coach takes credit for “everything”.

The Portuguese guided the Blues to Premier League glory last season, finishing eight points ahead of defending champions City in second place.

But Pellegrini believes the manner in which the two coaches celebrated their respective title wins highlights key differences in their characters, with the Chilean intimating that Mourinho took the limelight away from his players.

“When he wins, Mourinho wants to take credit for everything. I never do that,” Pellegrini told Chilean newspaper El Mercurio. “When I won the Premier League, I didn’t say a word.”

The two managers have endured a fractious relationship ever since Mourinho replaced Pellegrini at Real Madrid, though the City boss insists he does not hold a grudge against his Chelsea counterpart.

“I don’t have any problem with Mourinho,” he continued. “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.”

Originally published at 13.14

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