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Football: Pellegrini hits back at Mourinho

Published on Feb 8, 2014 7:14 AM

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on Friday took aim at Jose Mourinho as he ridiculed the Chelsea manager's claim that the London club are the "little horse" in the title race.

Mourinho's side drew level with second-placed City thanks to a 1-0 victory at Eastlands on Monday, but afterwards the Portuguese coach said Chelsea were still third favourites for the Premier League crown behind Pellegrini's men and leaders Arsenal.

Pellegrini has rarely engaged in verbal jousting since moving to City in the close-season, but the Chilean was quick to poke fun at Mourinho's mind games, while pointing out that Chelsea have been one of the one of heaviest spenders of recent times so should accept the pressure of having to win trophies.

"Maybe it is a small horse if the manager thinks like that. It can be a little horse, but very rich," Pellegrini said.

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