Normally you might expect a manager who's just seen his team come back from the brink against their most serious rivals for the title to be happier, especially considering his side had five minutes to go in a game and had already taken a red card. But, after the 1-1 draw against Chelsea, Manuel Pellegrini comes across as something less than happy. Observe:
Pellegrini: "I’m not satisfied. We played to win, 90 minutes against team just trying to defend, to keep 10 players in front of goal."— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) September 21, 2014
Pellegrini calls Chelsea a "small team" because of their defensive approach.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) September 21, 2014
Which seems a little bit cranky to me. Ironically, we were compared to Stoke City, 1-0 victors the last time Pellegrini's side played a match at the Etihad, but in my eyes it was the hosts who acted more like the Potters, what with the slew of ridiculous fouls and yellow cards.
Jose Mourinho, naturally, had a response:
Mourinho on 'small team' barb: "Pellegrini many times say he doesn't speak about me, but he keeps doing the same thing."— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) September 21, 2014
Small team Chelsea, incidentally, are five points ahead of Manchester City at the moment.