Mourinho stokes up feud with Man City

Mon Feb 10, 2014 11:39am EST
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By Tony Jimenez

LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho stoked up his war of words with Manuel Pellegrini on Monday, questioning the Manchester City manager's sums and calling on the Chilean's talismanic midfielder Yaya Toure to be suspended.

Mourinho, who will have Fernando Torres fit to return at West Bromwich Albion on Tuesday after a three-week layoff with a knee problem but is again without John Terry due to a minor injury, took the mind games to a new level on the eve of the Premier League tussle at The Hawthorns.

Chelsea went to the top of the table with a 3-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday, one point ahead of Arsenal and two in front of City.

Mourinho has said repeatedly that he views City's expensive squad as the title favourites but Pellegrini recently pointed out that it is Chelsea who have spent the most money in the last decade and also in last month's transfer window.

"What I'd like to say is that the other day Pellegrini made some comments about the money we have spent," Mourinho told a news conference.

"I think he's a fantastic coach who I respect a lot and on top of that he's an engineer," said the Portuguese, referring to the fact the City manager studied engineering at university.

"I don't think an engineer needs a calculator to work out we sold Juan Mata for 37 million pounds ($60.7 million) last month and Kevin De Bruyne for 18 million.

"That's 55 million pounds, more or less. We bought Nemanja Matic for 21 million and Mohamed Salah for 11 million. That's 55 million minus 32 million so Chelsea in this transfer window are at 23 million plus.   Continued...

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho (R) has his photograph taken with fans before their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northern England, February 3, 2014. REUTERS/Nigel Roddis