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Mourinho whips up feud with Man City over Pelligrini claim

Reuters, LONDON

Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho gestures during his team’s Premier League match against Newcastle United in London on Saturday.

Photo: AFP

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stoked his war of words with Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini on Monday by questioning the Chilean’s sums.

Mourinho — who last week said: “Everything I say or do is mind games” — took the psychological warfare to a new level at a press conference.

Mourinho has repeatedly said that he views City’s expensive squad as the title favorites, but Pellegrini said it is Chelsea who have spent the most money over the past decade and in last month’s transfer window.

“What I’d like to say is that the other day, Pellegrini made some comments about the money we have spent,” Mourinho said.

“I think he’s a fantastic coach who I respect a lot and on top of that he’s an engineer,” the Portuguese said, referring to Pelligrin having studied engineering.

“I don’t think an engineer needs a calculator to work out we sold Juan Mata for £37 million [US$60.7 million] last month and Kevin De Bruyne for £18 million,” Mourinho said. “That’s £55 million, more or less. We bought Nemanja Matic for £21 million and Mohamed Salah for £11 million. That’s £55 million minus £32 million, so Chelsea in this transfer window are at £23 million plus.”

He then turned his attentions to City’s Ivory Coast midfielder Yaya Toure, who aimed an off-the-ball kick at Norwich City’s Ricky van Wolfswinkel in Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Carrow Road.

An English Football Association (FA) video review panel on Monday decided against charging Toure, but Mourinho — speaking before the verdict — said the midfielder should be punished.

“[If he gets off] it means that it doesn’t matter about the cameras, doesn’t matter about the consequences, if the referee doesn’t see it they can do it, [but] normally the FA defends football and fair play,” the Chelsea coach said.

For his part, Van Wolfswinkel said on Twitter: “Good to see Toure not getting suspended. Players like him belong on the pitch! What happens at Carrow Road stays at Carrow Road.”

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