Pellegrini: Man City ready for Chelsea
Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says that his team are ready to take on Chelsea ahead of the two sides' clash at the Etihad Stadium on Monday night.
The hosts go into the game three points ahead of the Blues and have yet to drop a single point at their own ground in the Premier League so far this season.
Speaking ahead of the match, Jose Mourinho described Manchester City as "lucky", insisting that they have had "many crucial decisions in their favour" this season but Pellegrini refuses to be draw into a war of words with the Chelsea boss and says that he is more concerned with how his own team performs.
"I think that the most important thing is to do your talking on the pitch when you play," he told reporters. "Every manager can do whatever he wants but, for me, I have my own way of doing things.
"I do not know what Mourinho has said about us and I have no comment to make about him. I always tell my players that it doesn't matter who we are playing or whether we are home or away."
Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1 back in October at Stamford Bridge, Fernando Torres capitalising on a defensive error to score a late winner, but Pellegrini feels that his side are a better team now.
"What is important is that we try our best from the beginning, that we have a winning mentality and that we work well with and without the ball," he added.
"In the last match against Chelsea we made a very important mistake and we lost the game but we have improved since then. All the statistics say we are improving but I have told the players that they must continue to improve.
"We are not invincible, no team is invincible. We are in a very good moment but the difference between a win and a loss is so slight, in every match it is possible you can lose.
"In December we won nine games and drew one - same in January - but in December we scored 26 and conceded 12, whereas in January we scored 32 and conceded just nine. All the statistics say we are getting better."