Belfast Telegraph

Friday 1 August 2014

Chelsea's reserves? I don't care, says Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini

Keeping cool: Manuel Pellegrini refused to enter a war of words
Keeping cool: Manuel Pellegrini refused to enter a war of words

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini insists he is not concerned about the possibility of Chelsea fielding a weakened team against title rivals Liverpool tomorrow.

The match at Anfield is the crucial game in the title race with all three clubs still in with a chance, but Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is considering fielding a weaker team to prioritise next week's Champions League semi-final second leg with Atletico Madrid.

That would also damage City's chances of being crowned champions as Pellegrini's side need to rely on Liverpool losing one of their remaining three games to have a chance.

Pellegrini, though, brushed off any such prospect saying his side just had to make sure they win their four remaining matches starting at Crystal Palace tomorrow.

The City boss said: "I don't know what Chelsea or other teams are going to do in the future. The only important thing we can try to do is win our games, and we are going to try from now until the end of the season.

"I think every team tries to make the best thing for their team. If the other teams are damaged for that reason it is not the important thing for us. The only important thing for us is to win our games.

"Liverpool have to win their last three games. If they win the three games of course they are top of the table and they have the advantage.

"From the moment we lost the game against Liverpool they have the first chances to win it but for that they must win their games.

"All of our players believe they can still do it. Everyone that is working in football knows anything can happen, and easily in the last few games."

The Chilean and Mourinho have sniped at each other consistently over the years, both in Spain and this season in the Premier League, but this time Pellegrini refused to become involved in a war of words.

David Silva and winger Jesus Navas will both miss the trip to Selhurst Park with ankle injuries, but Yaya Toure should be available again to bolster the midfield.

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