Pellegrini feals that Chelsea played like “Stoke”, rather than a “big team”.
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has launched an astonishing attack on the tactics of Jose Mourinho and Chelsea after the two sides drew 1-1 in the Premier League this afternoon, with the Chilean accusing the Blues of playing like a “small team” who are only interested in scoring on the counter attack, report the Guardian.
The Blues looked to emulate their performance at the Etihad Stadium last season when a fine counter attacking display saw them take a 1-0 victory away from City, and Pellegrini has hit out at Mourinho and his style after Chelsea arrived with similar intentions this time around:
“It was very similar to the Stoke team, with a big team playing against a small team with very good players, trying to defend, trying to keep the score.”
The reference to Stoke is interesting, with Mark Hughes’ men also having frustrated City before winning 1-0 with a Mame Biram Diouf on the counter attack a couple of weeks ago – should Pellegrini perhaps be turning his attention towards his side’s struggles with breaking teams down, rather than opposition tactics?