Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has panned the tactics of Chelsea in visiting the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, saying that Jose Mourinho’s troops played the game like a “small team” in his post match press conference.
City have dropped four points at home against Stoke and the Stamford Bridge club in the last few fixtures, and both displays were characterised by counter attacking tactics and staunch defending from the away sides.
This has seemingly not been to the pleasure of Pellegrini, who raged against the tactics employed by Mourinho, saying that they befitted a team who were not of Chelsea’s class.
He told the press: “We had one big team playing as a big team, and one big team playing as a small team, like Stoke.”
City and Chelsea ultimately drew 1-1, with Frank Lampard bagging a late equaliser for the Manchester club. The former Chelsea man refused to celebrate after scoring for the club where he spent a long spell.
This cancelled out a strike from Andre Schurrle, who scored after a fantastic counter attac.