A lack of respect? Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho hits back at Yaya Toure

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is adamant that he hasn't shown Manchester City a lack of respect despite Yaya Toure's claims

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure Photo: Puma

Jose Mourinho has hit back at Yaya Toure after the Manchester City midfielder demanded the Chelsea manager stop playing mind games.

The Citizens midfielder called on former Real Madrid manager Mourinho to show Manuel Pellegrini’s side more respect in the Premier League title race despite calling City favourites for the crown.

I think to say City have three matches in hand and are capable of winning all three matches, is that a lack of respect? He has a strange concept of lack of respect

Jose Mourinho

And the 51-year-old head coach was clearly left bemused by Toure’s outburst at his pre-match media conference on Friday, highlighting his support for Arsenal and City in the Champions League this week.

“Well it depends. If I say before the Munich match and before the Camp Nou match that the English teams can do it and Arsenal and Chelsea have enough quality to turn things around, if I support a team from my country where I work, if that is a lack of respect, then fine,” Mourinho said.

“I think Arsenal and City showed at Munich and Barcelona that I was right; they had enough quality to do it because they played very good matches. I don’t think this is lack of respect, I think this is support.

“To say City have three matches in hand and are capable of winning all three matches, is that a lack of respect? He has a strange concept of a lack of respect.

“I tried on both occasions to be respectful with the two English teams.”

Mourinho added: “I want to say the same in relation to Manchester United. I think United is a better team than Olympiacos and I think United can do it. I wish United can do it.

“If tomorrow, Rooney or Van Persie come in and say Mourinho is not being respectful with us, I think they are wrong. I support the English teams and I wasn’t happy the English teams are out of competitions.”

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