Jose Mourinho promised to exert greater `self-control` on Friday after accepting referees were under pressure in his first public comments since the Chelsea manager was hit with a Football Association misconduct charge.
Manchester City were never out of the title race and the Premier League champions did not need to change their style despite a frustrating to start the season, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Tuesday.
Jose Mourinho will discover whether his decision to criticise the atmosphere at Stamford Bridge has had the desired effect when his Chelsea side face West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League on Saturday.
Runaway leaders Chelsea are certain to drop points in their quest for the Premier League crown and Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero believes his side will be ready to pounce when the Londoners falter.
Manchester United are likely to welcome back captain Wayne Rooney from suspension for their visit to Premier League champions Manchester City on Sunday, hoping the striker can add to his record scoring tally in the derby.
Frank Lampard and Edin Dzeko scored twice as holders Manchester City sailed into the English League Cup fourth round with a crushing 7-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday and Chelsea beat Bolton Wanderers 2-1 on Wednesday.
Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas provided a swift demonstration of why Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was so keen to bring him back to the Premier League as he orchestrated Monday`s 3-1 season-opening win at Burnley in commanding fashion.