2nd Febuary,2014.

Manchester City will do their talking on the pitch against Chelsea - Pellegrini

Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini says his side will do their talking on the pitch whe they clash with Chelsea 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.


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A trip to the Etihad Stadium has become a daunting place to travel this season, with City having won 17 of their 18 games there in all competitions and scoring an incredible 72 goals in the process.

Manuel Pellegrini's men have won all 11 of their Premier League fixtures on home soil this term, finding the net 42 times, and their scoring exploits continued on the road in midweek as they hammered Tottenham 5-1 at White Hart Lane.

That result took City's total Premier League goal tally to 68 in 23 matches and a run of eight consecutive top-flight victories has lifted them a point above Arsenal at the top of the table.

Chelsea, though, sit only three points adrift of City in third on the back of just one defeat in their last 13 Premier League outings - and much of their success this term has been built on their resilient defence.

Jose Mourinho's side have conceded just three times in eight top-flight fixtures since their last loss at Stoke City on December 7 and have let in only 20 goals in 23 games this season while keeping nine clean sheets.

Monday's match represents the first of two visits to the Etihad in the space of 12 days for Chelsea, as they will also travel to Manchester for an FA Cup fifth-round tie on February 15, and Mourinho is adamant that he has no intention of simply attempting to avoid defeat in either game.