Mour­inho uses old tac­tics

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of­fers him the op­por­tu­nity to add a fourth ti­tle medal to his col­lec­tion — this time at Chelsea’s ex­pense.

While City may sense a missed chance by not beat­ing a Chelsea side with­out Costa and Fabre­gas, they were also with­out their tal­is­man Yaya Toure and with new £25m striker Wil­fried Bony yet to be in­tro­duced as he is also with the Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Na­tions.

So while a win would have been ideal, a point was hardly a cat­a­strophic out­come and Pel­le­grini will feel that five-point gap is not in­sur­mount­able.

Re­cent his­tory tells us City are con­fi­dent and com­fort­able chas­ing down a lead.

In 2011-2012, Manch­ester United had an eight­point ad­van­tage over City with six games left that dis­ap­peared when they lost at Wi­gan Ath­letic, drew at home to Ever­ton and were then de­feated in a derby at the Eti­had.

The ti­tle, of course, was even­tu­ally won on goal dif­fer­ence by Ser­gio Aguero’s in­jury-time win­ner against QPR.

Last sea­son Liver­pool had a five-point lead at the top with three games left. City were third, nine points be­hind with two games in hand, be­fore pounc­ing ruth­lessly on Liver­pool’s late slips as they lost to Chelsea at An­field and con­ceded a three-goal lead in the last 11 min­utes at Crys­tal Palace.

If Bony can hit the ground run­ning and Aguero re­gains the edge of sharp­ness that is just elud­ing him af­ter a month out with a knee in­jury, City will feel they have the qual­ity to ap­ply pres­sure to Chelsea.

Chelsea will make an ad­di­tion of their own in the shape of Fiorentina’s Colom­bian at­tacker Juan Cuadrado but the two benches on Satur­day sug­gested City have the stronger squad.

City had the likes of Edin Dzeko, Frank Lampard and Ste­van Jovetic to bring on, with Pablo Za­baleta and Alek­san­dar Ko­larov as de­fen­sive re­in­force­ments.

Chelsea had ex­pe­ri­ence in the shape of keeper Petr Cech, Gary Cahill and Di­dier Drogba but then it was into young­sters such as Ruben Loftus-cheek, Nathan Ake, An­dreas Chris­tensen and Izzy Brown.

Pel­le­grini and City may have left west Lon­don with heads bowed had they lost and been trail­ing Chelsea by eight points. They will be con­vinced five points is per­fectly man­age­able.

Fix­tures MIAMI — Floyd May­weather Jr and Manny Pac­quiao (pic­tured) have fi­nally met — in per­son. And now talks might get se­ri­ous about them meet­ing in the ring.

The fighters were both sit­ting court­side, di­rectly across from one an­other, at a Miami Heat game on Tues­day night.

May­weather went over to Pac­quiao at half­time, the men shook hands and chat­ted briefly, then ex­changed phone num­bers.

“He gave his num­ber to me and said we will com­mu­ni­cate with each other,” said Pac­quiao, adding that he had never be­fore met May­weather in per­son.

Asked to clar­ify if the ex­change meant the two would ne­go­ti­ate di­rectly about meet­ing in the ring, Pac­quiao said that was the case.

May­weather did not re­spond to a ques­tion asked by an AP re­porter.

“Not now,” one of his se­cu­rity guards said, as May­weather fid­dled with his phone. A bout be­tween the two would al­most cer­tainly be the rich­est ever in boxing, po­ten­tially gross­ing as much as $250 mil­lion. May­weather’s take alone could ex­ceed $100 mil­lion.

May­weather said last month that he’s ready to make the fight hap­pen on May 2. Asked on Tues­day if that date can fi­nally be the one, Pac­quiao — who has said it’s time to give boxing fans what they want — nod­ded and said “yes.”

When May­weather said he wanted the May 2 fight to hap­pen, he said Pac­quiao pro­moter Bob Arum had been the main ob­sta­cle for it not com­ing to­gether in the last five years.

May­weather re­peated his old charges about Pac­quiao not want­ing to do blood tests prior to the fight for it not hap­pen­ing five years ago. He also has no doubt that he could beat Pac­quiao.

“I know that he’s not on my level,” May­weather said last month. Pac­quiao has a sim­i­lar con­fi­dence, say­ing on Twit­ter re­cently that “I can eas­ily beat @Floy­dmay­weather, I be­lieve that.”

It ap­pears to be hap­pen­stance that May­weather and Pac­quiao were to­gether on Tues­day. — Sapa- AP

CHELSEA manager Jose Mour­inho re­mon­strates with the ref­eree dur­ing their match against Manch­ester City at Stam­ford Bridge on Satur­day.

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