Pellegrini: Chelsea title triumph would be very disappointing for football

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini feels the Citizens should be rewarded for playing good football this season

Manuel Pellegrini believes it would be very disappointing for football if Chelsea won the Premier League title this season.

The Chilean, who replaced Roberto Mancini at Eastlands last summer, has kept the Citizens in the title race, with Chelsea and Liverpool also vying for the Premier League crown.

Brendan Rodgers’s side, who face City at Anfield on Sunday, are the league’s top goal-scorers with 90 strikes, whilst the Citizens have netted 19 more than Chelsea’s 64 goals.

Maybe they are covering for if they don’t win the title

Manuel Pellegrini

And City manager Pellegrini wants to see his side rewarded for their attacking philosophy and lift their second Premier League title this May.

“It would be very disappointing, for football, for the fans, for everyone,” Pellegrini said.

“I think that the most attractive football, the more goals you can score, should be rewarded.

“I’m not saying it’s not important to defend very well. Football is attacking and defending. But I think that big teams must play as big teams.”

Pellegrini criticised Jose Mourinho and Rodgers after the pair continued to play down their chances of winning the Premier League title.

“I don’t think it’s true. Maybe they are covering for if they don’t win the title,” added Pellegrini.

“But really, I don’t think both of the managers feel that that is the reality. This profession is about pressure.

“I can’t believe being in this profession without pressure. And more important, when you manage important teams, is to have the chance to win the title.

“I don’t know what their players think, but I’m sure if I said to my players we don’t have any pressure to win, I don’t think that would work.

“I don’t think the players agree – not important players – that they don’t have a chance of winning the title. Not when they are one point or two points off the top. When they are 10 points away, maybe.

“But I don’t think Chelsea players or Liverpool players believe they don’t have pressure to win the title.”

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