London, Feb 11: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has said that Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini has got his ‘calculations’ wrong on Chelsea’s spending during the January transfer window.
Mourinho described his team as a ‘little horse’ in the Premier League title race, while Pellegrini said Chelsea was a ‘rich little horse’.
According to the BBC, Mourinho said that Juan Mata was sold for 37 million pounds and Kevin De Bruyne for 18 million pounds, taking the total spending to 55 million pounds, adding that they are building a team for the next decade and City has a team to win now.
Mourinho further said that City has experience, potential, power and no worries about UEFA cost control protocol-Financial Fair Play, because in summer they just spent, adding that Chelsea does not need a calculator for this issue.
The report mentioned that Chelsea leads the Premier League by a point following Saturday’s 3-0 win over Newcastle, while Arsenal is second and City third, two points behind Chelsea.
Former Malaga boss Pellegrini, who faced the Portuguese when Mourinho was coach of Real Madrid, questioned Mourinho’s view and drew reference to Chelsea’s spending over the last decade, since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club.
Chelsea’s net spend during the previous two summer and winter transfer windows was approximately 49 million pounds while City, on the other hand, did not change their squad during the winter window, but had a net spend of about 80 million pounds last summer, the report added. (ANI)