Mourinho's mind games may have no effect on Pellegrini… - why?

A war of words between rival managers of Chelsea and Manchester City has been shut down by the boss of the latter.

Since a two-one defeat to Chelsea in the Premier League in late October, Manchester City have been in devastating attacking form, returning 27 goals in seven matches in all competitions - an average of almost four every game.

There are two constant names on the score-sheet, Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero, who have scored a combined 28 goals between them already this season.

Such ruthlessness in front of goal, with Negredo scoring precisely half of his shots on target, was perhaps the catalyst for Blues boss Jose Mourinho to acknowledge Manuel Pellegrini's side as favourites for this years Premier League title, despite Arsenal's current supremacy.

Their squad, Mourinho claims, is simply too deep for others to compete.

Whether the Portuguese's commendation is genuine, or if it was made as the opening chapter in attempted mind games with an adversary, is up for debate but, if it was indeed a case of the latter, it is something Pellegrini refuses to engage in.

'I don't know what other managers say,' he is quoted by The Independent to have said.

Mourinho did mention that there are still six teams capable of challenging for the crown, something Pellegrini also touches on.

'We have a very strong squad but I also know that five or six other teams also have,' he added, before concluding: 'I don't decide on comments that other managers say.'

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