Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

PLAYING THOSE MIND GAMES ; City Manager Pellegrini Hits Back at Chelsea Boss Mourinhosaying He Is Bending the Truth in Battle for the Title

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

PLAYING THOSE MIND GAMES ; City Manager Pellegrini Hits Back at Chelsea Boss Mourinhosaying He Is Bending the Truth in Battle for the Title

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MANUEL Pellegrini has accused Jose Mourinho of bending the truth in the Chelsea manager's verbal feud with City.

Ahead of Chelsea's 1-0 win at the Etihad Stadium last week, Mourinho claimed City had got 'lucky' with a number of key refereeing decisions this season.

"They are lucky," he said. "Against Liverpool, the Sterling 'goal'. The penalty on Suarez. Against Newcastle, the goal ths at is a clear goal.

"Against Tottenham, Dawson's goal, the penalty and the red card. They are having everything. I repeat, just pure coincidence. But at the moment they have everything in their favour."

But Pellegrini hit back at his press conference yesterday, claiming Mourinho had conveniently forgotten about the penalty awarded against West Brom at Stamford Bridge in November which helped Chelsea salvage a 2-2 draw in stoppage time.

It prompted referee's chief Mike Riley to apologise to Steve Clarke, who was later sacked by West Brom, for Andre Marriner's decision.

Asked whether he felt City, who meet Chelsea again in the FA Cup fifth round on February 15, had been lucky with refereeing decisions this season, Pellegrini said: "For me, no. "Everyone acts in the way they think is better.

"If you are talking about the decision at Tottenham, everyone said Rose touched the ball with his left leg before he tackles Dzeko.

"But we'd had six clear chances, it's not like in that moment the game changes.

"The other decision at Newcastle, the referees at the beginning of the season said they would say not offside.

"But now they might say it was offside. And we scored another goal more, it was not a goal that decided the match.

"The only time a referee has come out and apologised about an important mistake is in the Chelsea-Hull game (it was actually West Brom).

"The penalty in the 93 or 94 minutes. That's given them two points more (it was one point).

"So it's very simple, every week you say what you think is better for you.

"There's a famous sentence, 'lie, lie but some things always remain'. …

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