"I don’t think it’s true. Maybe they are covering for if they don’t win the title," the Chilean said of his counterparts’ cautious approach to talking up their title challenges.
"But really, I don’t think both of the managers feel that that is the reality. This profession is about pressure.
"I can’t believe being in this profession without pressure. And more important, when you manage important teams, is to have the chance to win the title.
"I don’t know what their players think, but I’m sure if I said to my players we don’t have any pressure to win, I don’t think that would work.
"I don’t think the players agree – not important players – that they don’t have a chance of winning the title. Not when they are one point or two points off the top. When they are 10 points away, maybe.
"But I don’t think Chelsea players or Liverpool players believe they don’t have pressure to win the title."