Manchester City boss, Manuel Pellegrini, has refused to be drawn into mind games by Jose Mourinho, and is not too worried about his side’s last two results.
His Chelsea counterpart has recently upped his comments about the Citizens and their manager, questioning how Financial Fair Play would impact City, querying Pellegrini’s maths skills and claiming the FA sent the wrong message by not banning Yaya Toure.
But ahead of Wednesday’s home game against Sunderland, Pellegrini allowed himself to only answer one question based on Mourinho comments.
"I answered just once to Mourinho because if you remain in silence always, people may agree with those things," said Pellegrini.
"He started talking about referees and Financial Fair Play, I don't think it is the way to go about things. I will not continue every week talking about things that for me are not important.
"These are not mind games because I don't think managers can be affected by those kind of things, but I will not answer any more on Mourinho."
The City manager than highlighted that all big teams will still lose points in the title race and people shouldn’t forget his side won eight out of their last ten league games.
"It is normal that all teams will drop points but don't forget from the last 10 games we have taken 25 points from a possible 30," he continued.
"Maybe we lost the game against Chelsea and have drawn against Norwich but all the teams in the bottom half of the table will take points off other teams in the second half of the season and for me this situation is normal.
Finally, Pellegrini said that his title favourites haven’t changed and claimed the top five are still in the race.
"The same teams who were favourites three weeks ago, remain the favourites,” he added.
“It is a very close Premier League and I think Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Liverpool and Tottenham will all be in a fight until the end.”
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