Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has taken a swipe at Jose Mourinho, insisting he would not deploy the same tactics Chelsea did during their Champions League exit to Paris St Germain in midweek, reports the Daily Star.
Mourinho and his side have come under fire for the way in which Chelsea surrounded the referee and influenced the decision for him to send off Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the first half of Wednesday’s clash.
Sky Sports pundits and former Liverpool stars Jamie Carragher and Graeme Souness labelled Chelsea’s behaviour as ‘sad’ and ‘pathetic,’ and now Pellegrini – who has a frosty relationship with Mourinho himself – is the latest to take a swipe.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday, the Chilean said he had a different style of winning to his rival, as he prepared to try and close the five point gap at the top of the Premier League when his side travel to take on Burnley.
It depends what you think about the way you must win.
“I always say there are different ways to win. You must decide one and then after that, if that’s the way you want to win,” he said.
“I have my way to try to prepare a squad to win, my way of thinking about football.
“You must do all that you need to do to win, you must do all you can to win the game. But I think you win if you are playing good football.
“There are different styles of winning. Maybe when you are winning the style doesn’t matter. When you don’t win and then start to criticise – I can’t accept that.
“Every time the referee has a decision you have all the players on top of him and it’s impossible for the referee to work.
“You must analyse which is the correct way and which is not the correct way.
“I’m not talking about Chelsea. I’m talking about a lot of things that happen in different games with different teams, but they always work in trying to pressure the referee in every decision, so the referee always has problems.
“You will never see a City player surround the referee. I didn’t think that’s the way this team is prepared to win.”