Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini accused Chelsea of playing like a “small team” after Lampard`s equaliser saved a point for Manchester City against the Premier League leaders.
Frank Lampard, who left Chelsea in the summer after 13 years at Stamford Bridge, scored his first City goal seven minutes after coming off the substitutes’ bench to level the score line to 1-1.
However, Pellegrini refused to discuss Pablo Zabaleta’s sending off for a foul on Diego Costa and banished Chelsea’s tactics by suggesting Jose Mourinho had set his team out only to prevent defeat.
“I am very happy with the mentality of our team and it is so important to play like a big team, and not like a small team,” Pellegrini said. “I would not be happy to play that way. I don’t want to analyse Chelsea, but I think we played against exactly the same team we played against Stoke here. I knew it would be very difficult for us to score. Finally we could score, but what the other teams do, it is not my duty to analyse.”
Mourinho rejected Pellegrini’s claims and he responded to the City manager’s comments.
“Pellegrino, many times he says he never speaks about me and my team, but he keeps doing the same thing,” the Chelsea manager said. “I am the one that does as he says. I don’t comment on his words. Don’t ask me about his words, I am not interested in that. I see the point as one point won because we arrived here as leaders with two points more than second, but we leave with a three-point lead.
“I look to the table and we are leaders with three points. This was a super difficult stadium, super opponent and we leave in a better condition than when we arrived.”
“We hit the post with a 1-0 lead,” Mourinho said. “When you don’t kill matches, you are in danger, especially against very good teams.”
Also Pellegrini commented on Frank Lampard saying: “When I sent Lampard on, I told him to score a goal.”
“I was sure he would play against Chelsea because he is such a good professional.”
“He always wanted to be involved, he is a very good player and professional and I am very happy with him. He has nothing to do in New York until January, when they start pre-season there and it was very important for him to continue working every day and playing in our team. But also it was very important for our team to have a player with the experience and quality of Frank Lampard.”