Football: Manuel Pellegrini not interested in starting new tiff with Jose Mourinho

Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini says he has no intention of igniting a feud with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ahead of the two teams' Premier League showdown tomorrow. -- PHOTO: AP
Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini says he has no intention of igniting a feud with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ahead of the two teams' Premier League showdown tomorrow. -- PHOTO: AP

LONDON (AFP) - Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini says he has no intention of igniting a feud with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho ahead of the two teams' Premier League showdown tomorrow.

They previously crossed swords in Spain, with Mourinho denigrating the Chilean's record with Real Madrid after succeeding him at the Bernabeu in 2010.

Tomorrow's match at Stamford Bridge will be their first encounter in English football and Pellegrini says he does wish to revisit old disagreements.

"I never get involved in the moment and I will not get involved now," he said during yesterday's pre-match press conference.

"I don't know him. He worked in Spain, I worked in another club. We played Real Madrid against Malaga, nothing more. I don't have any complaint about him."

Chelsea climbed to second place with a 4-1 win over Cardiff City last weekend while City stole into the top four by winning 3-1 at West Ham.

They carried their good form into the Champions League in mid-week, with Chelsea winning 3-0 at Schalke and City beating CSKA Moscow 2-1 in the Russian capital.

The trip to London will be City's third match in a run of four consecutive away games in all competitions but midfielder Samir Nasri says they can take heart from recent performances.

"Winning at West Ham and CSKA means we will go into this game with a lot more confidence," he told the club website.

"It was important we started winning away in the Premier League but we know Chelsea won't be an easy game. I think they are more complete than they were last season."