Mourinho sparks Pellegrini feud as Chelsea down Man City
Torres takes advantage of City mix-up to seal the points and prompt a managerial fall-out
Chelsea 2 Manchester City 1. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini refused to shake hands with Jose Mourinho at the final whistle after an injury time strike from Fernando Torres secured a last gasp win for Chelsea.
The visitors had looked on course for a share of the spoils after Sergio Aguero's stunning second-half strike cancelled out Andre Schurrle's effort on 33 minutes. But as the clock ticked into overtime at Stamford Bridge, a mix-up between Sky Blues' centre-back Matija Nastasic and goalkeeper Joe Hart allowed Torres to pounce for a goal that sent Mourinho wild.
The Chelsea manager leapt into the crowd in jubilation and his antics appeared to anger Pellegrini. "I did not expect anything different from him," he said later when asked about Mourinho's reaction to the winning goal. "It is normal."
As for why he declined to shake the hand of Mourinho, Pellegrini said he "did not want to".
When the Chelsea manager was quizzed about the incident by reporters, Mourinho told them he was trying to reach his son who was sitting in the crowd. "I wanted to buy a season ticket for my son and they gave him a season ticket behind the opponents' dug-out," he explained. "I went for him - I promised him I would go to him and at the next match you will see him there again."
Mourinho said he had "sympathy" with Pellegrini because of the cruel twist at the death, but that's the dramatic nature of football. "If they feel I did something wrong, I apologise," he added.
But there was more to the antagonism than just a late goal. Mourinho succeeded Pellegrini as manager of Real Madrid after the Chilean was sacked in 2010, and he subsequently questioned some of his methods at the Bernabeu.
Riled though he may have been by Mourinho's ostentatious celebration, Pellegrini's real anger was directed towards his own team. "The way we lost the game was incredible," he stormed, pointing out that it wasn't the first time this season that City have "conceded stupid goals".
The defeat leaves the Sky Blues in seventh spot, two points clear of Manchester United but six shy of leaders Arsenal. Chelsea, meanwhile, move up to second and trail the Gunners by two points, adding spice to their League Cup fourth round clash on Tuesday night.
It's a fixture Mourinho believes should have been scheduled for Wednesday, allowing his players an extra 24 hours to recover, and as a result the Chelsea manager admitted he's likely to field a second string team for the trip to the Emirates.
That will mean a rest for Torres, whose late strike against City came four days after his brace of goals in Chelsea's Champions League defeat of Schalke. The Spaniard appears to have rediscovered his touch, and his enthusiasm, and Mourinho's delighted.
"It was a fantastic performance from Fernando," he exclaimed. "We have done nothing with Fernando. It would be easy for me to say that, but he deserves credit...I don't know if Fernando was the same last year but what I know is since I arrived he has worked very hard every day." ·