Mourinho continued his mind games last week claiming Chelsea were a ‘little horse’ compared to City in the title race despite his side becoming the first team to win at the Etihad in the league this season taking them level on points with City.
Pellegrini has hit back though, suggesting that no matter what Mourinho says the stats are there for all to see that Chelsea should be the biggest horse in the country.
Having spent big again in January, Chelsea are the biggest spenders in England this season and so Pellegrini feels Mourinho’s mind games has distracted people from that.
“Maybe it is a small horse if the manager thinks like that. It can be a little horse, but very rich,” Pellegrini said.
“This is the team that has spent most money in the last 10 years, is the team that spent most money this year and the team that spent the most money in the transfer window. So, little – but rich.
“He has shown in the last two games [against us] he has a strong team with some great players.
“I think he is favourite. He thinks if he wins he will have the merits but if he loses he does not have responsibility.
“It is the way he acts. Everyone acts the way he thinks is better for the team.”