Manchester City underachievers, says Chelsea's Jose Mourinho
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Venue: Etihad Stadium
Date: Monday, 3 February
Coverage : Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, MOTD2 highlights on BBC One at 22:35 GMT
Manchester City have underachieved since their 2008 takeover by Sheikh Mansour, says Jose Mourinho.
City won the FA Cup in 2011 and the Premier League title in 2012 but have only got beyond the Champions League group stage once in three attempts.
"They won one title, won a couple of cups," said Chelsea boss Mourinho ahead of their away game at City on Monday.
Man City's 'lucky' breaks
26 December: 2-1 win v Liverpool
- Raheem Sterling puts the ball in the net to give the Reds the lead, but is incorrectly flagged offside.
- Luis Suarez has appeals for a penalty turned down in the closing minutes after having his shirt tugged by Joleon Lescott.
12 January: 2-0 win v Newcastle
- Cheick Tiote's long-range equaliser is ruled out after an offside Yoan Gouffran is judged to have interfered with play.
29 January: 5-1 win v Tottenham
- Trailing 1-0, Spurs have a goal harshly disallowed for offside when Michael Dawson touches in Christian Eriksen's free-kick.
- Spurs defender Danny Rose is sent off despite appearing to get a touch on the ball before being penalised for fouling Edin Dzeko. The striker steps up to score the resulting penalty and put City 2-0 in front.
"The team is fantastic, the squad is fantastic and normally they [should] win more titles."
Mansour, the senior member of the Abu Dhabi ruling family, has spent more than £700m on transfer fees since buying City, allowing the club to recruit world-class players such as David Silva and Yaya Toure.
They were knocked out of the Champions League in the group stage in 2011-12 and 2012-13, but will face Barcelona in the first knockout round this season, with the first leg at home on 18 February.
In three seasons in the Europa League since 2008, they have never progressed past the quarter-finals.
"In Europe they didn't do well, or close to doing well," added Mourinho. "Speaking objectively, they did very bad in the Champions League in previous seasons, also in the Europa League.
Mourinho also rejected Tim Sherwood's claim that Manchester City are the best team on the planet and insists the Premier League leaders have been "lucky" this season.
"They are lucky," he added. "The referees, they try to do their best and sometimes they make mistakes and normally during the season the mistakes are split between teams.
"In their case, they have everything in their favour."
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City manager Pellegrini refused to rise to Mourinho's bait, preferring to keep the focus on the importance of the match.
"It is not me against Mourinho, or him against me," he said.
"On Monday it is Manchester City against Chelsea, both teams are fighting for the title. Nothing more.
"For both teams it is a game of six points. With Arsenal we are the three involved in the fight for the title, and also Liverpool and Everton, so every game we play against all those teams is a game for six points."
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