Manuel Pellegrini plays down Jose Mourinho mind games

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini refuses to be drawn into managerial mind-games with Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho.

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini is refusing to be drawn into managerial mind-games with Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho.

Despite being top of the Premier League table at the time, the Portuguese wrote off his team's chances of winning the title after suffering a shock 1-0 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.

However, Pellegrini, whose side sit four points adrift of new leaders Liverpool with two games in hand, has no intention of becoming embroiled in off-the-field tactics with his opposite number by suggesting that he is above them.

"I don't think that important managers can give any importance to those mind games, and I don't know if you think that managers who seem to play mind games are more intelligent, I don't think so," the Chilean said to Sky Sports.

"I do not know what Mourinho said, and I don't know the way he thinks. [But] it is not my duty to analyse what Mourinho has said. That is your duty."

City resume their title challenge by welcoming Southampton to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday, while Chelsea host Stoke City at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho gestures during the English Premier League football match between Chelsea and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge in west London on February 8, 2014
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