Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho responds to Man City boss’ jibe

José Mourinho insists that he has "no reaction" to Manuel Pellegrini's claims that Chelsea are a "small club"

Kieran Beckles
By Kieran Beckles at Cobham

Jose Mourinho has refused to rise to Manuel Pellegrini’s bait after the Manchester City manager described Chelsea as a “small club”.

The Citizens head coach criticised Mourinho’s side for an overly-defensive approach after the 1-1 draw between the title rivals at The Etihad last weekend.

When I said I don’t want to speak about him that is what I try to do

Jose Mourinho

Mourinho and Pellegrini have a long-running rivalry since the pair coached in La Liga together, with the Portuguese coach succeeding the South American at Real Madrid in 2010.

But contuining to deploy a measured approach to the media this season, the 51-year-old declined to comment on Pellegrini’s remarks that the west London side “played like Stoke City”.

“I don’t have a reaction,” Mourinho told his pre-match media conference ahead of the visit of Aston Villa.

“I think you should [have a reaction], not me. It was not once or two or three times that he said he doesn’t speak about referees, he killed Mark Clattenburg.

“It was not one or two times that he said that he doesn’t speak about me or my teams or opponents, he did it once more.

“It is for you to comment. When I said I don’t want to speak about him that is what I try to do.”

Chelsea are three points clear at the top of the Premier League table, with the Citizens five points behind the current leaders.

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