The roller coaster of the 'Engineer' Pellegrini: "He is passionate about football"

The Chilean visits with Betis to Madrid, which he directed one season. Villarreal, Malaga, Manchester, China … “That experience gives him a touch that perhaps others do not have,” they explain about him.

Pellegrini, during a match with Betis.Julio MuozEFE

The race of Manuel Pellegrini (Santiago, Chile, 1953) is marked by four qualifying rounds of Champions League. Four moments that were a turning point for the Chilean coach in a competition that now, with the Betis, observes in an almost impossible horizon. The Verdiblancos are sixth, their best league classification in recent years, but they are more than 18 points away from playing the top continental competition. Near and far at the same time, a situation that ‘The Engineer’ knows well precisely because of those lights and shadows that he experienced on the four occasions that he was the protagonist of the European Cup.

April 2006. Juan Romn Riquelme missed a penalty and Villarreal could not carry on his semi-final match against the almighty Arsenal de Arsene Wenger, which will fall in the final against Barcelona. It was the biggest success of the yellow submarine.

March 2010. Under the command of the Chilean, the Madrid, who had already suffered the ‘Alcorconazo‘In October 2009, he fell in the Champions League round of 16 against him Lyon olympic. It was the confirmation of the goodbye of Pellegrini, who also failed to win the League at Bara.

April 2013. After his only season on the Madrid bench, Pellegrini accepted the position of coach at the Mlaga and took them to the quarterfinals of 12-13 against the Dortmund. In a tie that ended in discount and with rigorous arbitration decisions, the Andalusian team was dropped from the tournament after having made the best performance in its history.

May 2016. Good work in Malaga gave Pellegrini his second chance at a big one. Recal in a Manchester City which led to the first Champions semi-finals in its history. And in the It’s gray, the same stadium that had seen him fall against Lyon six years earlier, the ‘citizens’ were at the gates of their first final by an own goal from Fernando rule.

“He is personable, calm and natural”

That defeat in Madrid, together with the fourth place achieved in the Premier won by the Leicester, he supposed Pellegrini’s end in Manchester. It lasted longer than in the Spanish capital and took a league title and two in the Cup, but ended up at the gates of its great goal. At the age of 63, he accepted the offer of Hebei chino and seemed to begin the twilight of his career on the bench, but two years later the West Ham I called him and got him back for elite football. A course in the middle of the table and part of the next, bordering on the decline, forced the Londoners to get rid of the Chilean. It may seem like another puncture with no return, but in the roller coaster that has been Manuel Pellegrini’s career, the Betis He had a new joy in store for him on his return to Spanish football six years later.

He sat on the Villamarn bench last summer. “Football changes quickly“, he admitted in his presentation with the Andalusian club. Typical and reality of his career.” That experience of having been in so many top-level clubs it gives a residue that perhaps others do not have“, he explains to El Mundo Antonio Cordn, Betis sports general director. “The vision you have, how to deal with the events of a season … He is passionate about football“, aade.

A few months after his arrival at Sevilla, the present confirms Pellegrini’s ambitions. Its staff, led by a Channels international and for a Fekir unleashed, it is one of the most attractive in LaLiga. Betis’ biggest problem continues to be defensive solidity, it is the team with the most goals in the top seven, a common point of a cheerful style of play that has characterized the Chilean teams during the last two decades. “It is clear that he likes players who have good dealings with the ball, that they compete and be able to play every game “, summarizes Cordn. Fekir not being against Madrid after his expulsion against him Athletic, but be the Cntabro, beacon of the green and white game: “It is our key piece“, tinted the master a few days ago.

In addition to Channels, Pellegrini has recovered the best version of Borja Iglesias placeholder image, the most expensive signing in the history of Betis (28 million). The Galician has nine goals and fights for the position at the top of the attack with Juanmi (4 points). In the character of the technician is the key to part of that recovery: “Manuel is a personable, calm and natural person“describes Cordn. In a career that has taken him to several continents, Pellegrini never tires of watching football with his 67 to: “He is always watching matches and results. From England, from China, from South America … All the time. And he also likes to see a lot classic ftball“.


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