As noted in The Metro this week, Jose Mourinho’s comments last week regarding Manuel Pellegrini’s spending calculations at the Etihad are threatening to become a ‘sideshow’ in the Premier League fight for the title this term.
Mourinho has never been known to shy away from the limelight wherever he has been and his return to Stamford Bridge this term has been no exception to that rule. The Blues boss has criticised both the managers of his title rivals as he even ridiculed Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger for ‘always complaining’ just last month.
However, I very much doubt Pellegrini is allowing Mourinho’s antics to get to him. The 60-year-old spoke upon his arrival at the Etihad this summer about the kind of football culture he learned his trade in at River Plate and San Lorenzo in Argentina.
“In Argentina, River Plate and Boca is crazy rivalry. Not only on the pitch during 90 minutes, it’s the whole week, the whole month, the whole year,” explained Pellegrini back in July 2013.
“If you lose the Superclasico, you can’t go out of your home for a week. You have to hide. You must stay in the training ground at least two or three hours after the session has finished”
“I’m not concerned about the pressure here, I am used to being under pressure. The pressure at Real Madrid is about the same as Manchester City. I think Argentina is the worst,” he added.
Jose Mourinho will also know a thing or two about the pressure in the Spanish capital with Real Madrid where he spent three years before returning ‘home’ to Stamford Bridge after leaving back in 2007 for Italy’s Inter Milan.
“I am not the fashionable coach who won the last title last year,” said Pellegrini in the same press conference.
I very much doubt Mourinho’s constant commentary or ‘sideshow’ via the media will come as much of a surprise or a threat to Manuel Pellegrini who, by the sounds of it, has been there, done that and got the t-shirt to prove it.