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Chelsea's loss at Lane puts Pellegrini's side top

RAMPANT Spurs gave spluttering Jose Mourinho a New Year hiding and another reason to moan about a conspiracy against Chelsea.

But the big winner on the first day of 2015 was Manuel Pellegrini who watched Manchester City ease back into the Premier League top-spot by digging out a 3-2 win against Sunderland courtesy of a Frank Lampard winner.

Fans of New York City FC, expecting Lampard to kick off the new MSL season in March with them, have expressed anger that Lampard has now extended his loan at the Etihad until the end of the Premier League campaign but Pellegrini brushed aside their complaints.

"Maybe the New York fans, I understand, they want to see Frank playing because that is an amazing thing. I think the best decision for us, the club and for New York is for him to stay," he said.

"It is not easy to do in a few days but it was very important to do it. He will stay here until the end of the season, no problems about that."

Mourinho returned to his theme of a conspiracy against Chelsea among match officials immediately after Chelsea were hammered 5-3 by sparkling Spurs. "Of course I hate to lose but again I prefer to lose like I did against Newcastle with a clean performance by (Martin) Atkinson and an unlucky performance by us and a lucky performance by Newcastle," he said.