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Pellegrini defends his record and vows to win trophies for Man City

Posted on July 12, 2013 by Admin

To be honest, when Manchester City sacked Roberto Mancini and the name of Manuel Pellegrini was mentioned as his replacement, I didn’t know a great deal about the 59-year old Chilean, and a quick look showed that he had lasted just a single season at Real Madrid, despite having Ronaldo, Kaka and a host of top class players.

That does not tell even half of the story, though. For one thing, he was only sacked because Madrid had already arranged for Jose Mourinho to come in from Inter Milan. The Spanish giants were desperate to win the Champions League and make it a 10th European title, and Mourinho had already won it with two different clubs. Secondly, a one year stint at Real Madrid is nothing strange. Many coaches have been released from the club after winning La Liga and other trophies. It seems to be the way they work.

Pellegrini did manage to achieve Madrid’s highest points total up to that stage, and he is sure that he would have won things given a bit more time. It didn’t help that Barcelona set the record points total of any team that season, and Barcelona were coming off their historic treble winning season, with players like Messi, Ibrahomovic, Thierry Henry, Yaya Toure, Iniesta and Xavi. The following season, Mourinho also came second but with less points, so it is clear that Pellegrini did not get a fair crack of the whip.

He said, “At Real Madrid, we finished second in my only season with 96 points, when we played a whole year against a great Barcelona.

“I’m sure that, if I stayed at Real Madrid, we could have won a lot of trophies.”

He goes on to defend his record with the relatively small and financially struggling Villareal and Malaga. He also pointed out that he had won six trophies with four different clubs in South America, so he really should not have to defend his record. I wonder if the media are going to ask David Moyes the same sort of questions? No, thought not.

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