Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has hit out the strong criticism aimed at Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini in recent times after their poor run of form in the Premier League.
City have endured a nightmare last couple of months, dropping out of the title race completely and into fourth spot in the table, with Champions League football now no longer looking guaranteed.
Having won the title and Capital One Cup in impressive style last season, Pellegrini has been criticised for failing to build on that success, though Mourinho admits he cannot comprehend why the Chilean tactician has come in for so much abuse after his work at the club so far.
The Portuguese coach insists it is important to have a competitive league, and that two titles in three years for City is a great achievement when there are many top sides all fighting for the title every term.
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“OK they won’t win this title this year but they did last year. I don’t understand,” he is quoted in The Sun.
“I don’t understand the difference between clubs and managers. Some managers cannot win and life goes on but the guys at Man City, it looks like they are criminals.
“On the one hand you want that competitiveness in this country. You don’t like a team to win two titles in a row, a team to be dominant, you want lots of teams fighting for it.
“So how can you be so negative with a team that’s won two titles in three years?
“Every game is difficult. What I’m surprised about is that a team that won two titles in three years, a team that are still champions and won two trophies last season, you can bring this team to hell.
“It looks like they don’t deserve respect, that they are bad players, that the manager is a bad manager, that they are a disaster. But they are the champions. I don’t understand.”