Join Now | 
HomeAboutContact UsPrivacy & SecurityAdvertise
Soccer America DailySpecial EditionAround The NetSoccer Business InsiderCollege Soccer ReporterYouth Soccer ReporterSoccer on TVSoccer America Classifieds
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalkSoccer America ConfidentialYouth Soccer InsiderWorld Cup Watch
RSS FeedsArchivesManage SubscriptionsSubscribe
Order Current IssueSubscribeManage My SubscriptionRenew My SubscriptionGift Subscription
My AccountJoin Now
Tournament CalendarCamps & AcademiesSoccer GlossaryClassifieds
Pellegrini Defends European Record
Guardian, July 12th, 2013 4:32PM

MOST READ
TAGS:  england, real madrid, spain

MOST COMMENTED

Manchester City coach Manuel Pellegrini was forced to defend his record in Europe on Thursday, as reporters asked why City fans should get behind the Chilean given that he has never won a major European trophy. In his nine seasons in Europe with Villarreal, Real Madrid and Malaga, Pellegrini has only lifted the Intertoto Cup in 2004 with Villarreal, although he did take the Yellow Submarine to the UEFA Champions League semifinals in 2006.

"I won a lot of trophies in South America,” Pellegrini said when asked about his European record. “I think it is very difficult for Villarreal to win a title in Spain. It is very difficult for Villarreal to arrive in the quarterfinals, semifinal of the Champions League, it's very difficult to arrive with Villarreal in the second place of the league, 10 points from Barcelona. That's my work with Villarreal. To win the titles it's impossible.”

He added: "After, in Real Madrid with 96 points, we played a whole year against a great Barcelona with [Pep] Guardiola [as coach] but we couldn't win the title in just one year. I am sure if I could continue at Real Madrid we could win a lot of trophies.” Pellegrini was fired after just one season in charge at Los Blancos. “And Malaga is exactly the same as Villarreal,” he added. “You can't win the Champions League with Málaga or the [title]. But also it is very difficult to arrive with Malaga in the Champions League and to continue to the quarterfinal. So for me with the strong squad we have in Manchester I am sure we can win trophies." Pellegrini also confirmed that City would make more signings, following the combined $71 million outlay on Fernandinho and Jesus Navas. Read the original story...


No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Section 2 Around the Net
World Cup Boosts German Beer Sales    
The World Cup is credited for boosting German beer sales by 4.4 percent in the year's ...
Glazers Selling selling 8 million Man United    
The Glazer family will make around $150 million by selling 8 million shares of its stake ...
Former Palestine Midfielder Killed in Bombing    
Former Palestinian national team player Ahed Zaqout has been killed by an Israeli bomb that hit ...
Neymar Aims to Be Fit for Barcelona Opener    
Brazilian star, Neymar, who fractured a bone in his back following a challenge from Colombia's Juan ...
Mourinho: Lukaku Lacked Motivation    
Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho, after his club sold 21-year-old Belgian striker Romelu Lukaku to Everton for ...
Former Zambia Boss Takes Ivory Coast's Helm    
Frenchman Herve Renard has been appointed coach of Ivory Coast, replacing Sabri Lamouchi, who left after ...
Steven Gerrard: 'Every Person Slips'    
Steven Gerrard says the slip that arguably ended Liverpool's title hopes and England being knocked out ...
La Liga Champ Eying Chicharito    
Mexican striker Javier Hernandez, who started just six Premier League games for Manchester United last season ...
No Charges for Moyes Over Bar Incident    
Former Manchester United coach David Moyes is in the clear after he was investigated over an ...
West Ham Acquires Ecuador World Cup Striker    
West Ham has finalized a $20 million transfer of Ecuador striker Enner Valencia from Mexican club ...
>> Section 2 Around the Net Archives