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Pellegrini: Chelsea deserve to be the champions

Manuel Pellegrini claims Jose Mourinho can say what he wants about his Manchester City side - but accepts 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 this week renewed his attack on City over their punishment for breaching European football's Financial Fair Play regulations last year, claiming they should have been docked points.

But as is often the case, Pellegrini does not want to rise to the Portuguese. 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."

Victory for Mourinho's side over Crystal Palace tomorrow will see them claim the trophy. 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."