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Man City boss Pellegrini dismisses Mourinho claim of Chelsea inferiority

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini has dismissed Jose Mourinho's claim that Chelsea are the "little horse" in the title race. The Chilean said: "Maybe it is a small horse if the manager thinks like that. It can be a little horse, but very rich.

"This is the team that has spent most money in the last 10 years, is the team that spent most money this year and the team that spent the most money in the transfer window. So, little - but rich."

Mourinho went on to say on Monday that City remain the title favourites, but Pellegrini insists Chelsea - after beating the Citizens twice this term - cannot be written off.

"He has shown in the last two games (against us) he has a strong team with some great players.

"I think he is favourite. He thinks if he wins he will have the merits but if he loses he does not have responsibility.

"It is the way he acts. Everyone acts the way he thinks is better for the team.

"I think it will be very close with Chelsea and Arsenal. Arsenal are the favourites because they have two points' lead in the table.

"Of the 24 games we have played, Arsenal have been top of the table for 16 or 17. They have an important advantage.

"I am sure the three will fight to the end for the title."

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