Mourino offers Pellegrini a lesson in maths

Mourino offers Pellegrini a lesson in maths

Mourino offers Pellegrini a lesson in maths

First published in Sport

JOSE MOURINHO believes Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is getting his sums wrong as the war of words between the two managers continues to develop.

After Mourinho suggested City were the beneficiaries of refereeing decisions his counterpart hit back about the amount of money the Blues had spent in January.

But, with Chelsea moving top of the Premier League table as they easily saw off Newcastle 3-0 while City laboured to a goalless draw at Norwich, Mourinho turned the tables on Pellegrini’s comments – hinting that the Chilean should know better given his background as a civil engineer.

‘‘What I would like to say that Pellegrini was talking about the money we’ve spent,’’ he said.

‘‘I think he’s a fantastic coach, and I respect that a lot, and on top of that, outside his football career, he’s an engineer by academic formation.

‘‘I don’t think an engineer needs a calculator to do Mata £37m and De Bruyne £18m, so that’s £55m.

“Matic is £21m and Salah is £11m. That’s £32m. 55 minus 32 is 23. So Chelsea, in this transfer window, generated £23m. It’s easy to understand that this is working with financial fair play, fair financial fair play.

‘‘There are no arguments against that. This is what we’re doing. Others aren’t doing the same. We are building a team for the next decade, if possible. They have a team to win now because they don’t have a team for ten years.

‘‘They have a team for now, for the next three or four. So experience, potential, power, not worried about Financial Fair Play because, in the summer, they just spend... We don’t need a calculator for this. It’s easy. Plus 23.’’

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