Wednesday 18 October 2017

Chelsea are worthy champions - Pellegrini

Manuel Pellegrini accepts Chelsea are worthy champions
Manuel Pellegrini accepts Chelsea are worthy champions

Jamie Holland

Manuel Pellegrini may be unimpressed about Jose Mourinho's views on Manchester City, but he accepts that Chelsea are worthy title winners.

City boss Pellegrini and his Chelsea counterpart Mourinho have regularly clashed in recent years, with their history stretching back to when both worked in Spain.

Mourinho renewed his attack on City this week for breaching European football's Financial Fair Play regulations last year, claiming they should have been docked points.

Pellegrini said: "I don't have a view about that. Every manager can say what he wants about Financial Fair Play rules. We don't lose points because we don't deserve (to).

"There are so many things he (Mourinho) always says that don't matter - about Chelsea or referees or the FA Cup or other managers or other things.

"When you think everything is normal to say to win, you can say what you want."

City were joint top in January but have failed to sustain a challenge and Pellegrini accepts the best side are about to win.

He said: "You ask me about this season? I think that Chelsea was the best team, that they deserve to win the title because they have been the most consistent team with very good players."

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