Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, has suggested that Manchester City are lucky and that a number of refereeing decisions have gone in their favour this season that, on any other day, could have gone the other way.
Speaking ahead of Monday night’s showdown between Manchester City and Chelsea at the Etihad, Mourinho heaped praise on Manuel Pelligrini’s team, clearly trying to instil a sense of over confidence in the City players and their manager.
‘‘I think they have everything,’’ Mourinho said. ‘‘Everything. The players are obviously very good. Even with very good players, if the manager is not good, you don’t do it,” he added.
Having given with one hand, the Portuguese was quick to take away with the other, however, reminding the rest of the Premier League (and presumably Mike Dean who will be refereeing on Monday night) that, for all their quality, the Citizens have had their fair share of luck this season too.
“I want to make it very clear that, for me, it’s just a coincidence and nothing else – the reality is they have many crucial decisions in their favour. They are lucky,” the 51 year old said, according to the soccer betting page on the bet365 website. “Against Liverpool, the Sterling ’goal’. The penalty on Suarez. Against Newcastle, the goal that is a clear goal. Against Tottenham, Dawson’s goal, the penalty and the red card. They are having everything,” he added.
In highlighting City’s ‘luck’ so far this season, Mourinho is clearly trying to ensure that the home side’s run of fortunate decisions come to an end on Monday.
However, fans who bet on soccer know that Chelsea will have far more than the referee to worry about, and if they go into the game concentrating on whether or not City get ‘lucky’ then they could come away from Manchester with a comprehensive defeat and an even bigger mountain to climb to regain the Premier League title.