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Name Manuel Pellegrini
Gender Male
Ethnic Chilean
Job Chilean Football Coach


Club as Coach Hebei China Fortune
  Manchester City
  Real Madrid

2013 12 14 Retrieve

[City boss Manuel Pellegrini view 6-3 win over Arsenal] We are not thinking about that [winwing the title] at the moment. We have more points to fight for, with six or seven other important teams. I don’t think it was our best performance of the season because Arsenal scored three goals and that is too much for the amount of chances they had

But it was a complete game in terms of our attacking play because it is not easy to score six against Arsenal, who had the best defence in the Premier League, and we had at least five chances to score more

[City’s attacking outlook, even when they led 3-1 and 5-2, made for an open and entertaining game and Pellegrini insists he will not change his tactics to see games out in the future] For me it is very important to be an entertaining team. Every manager can think the way they want and maybe some managers prefer to score one goal, then get the whole team back and counter-attack. Our philosophy is to continue trying to score more goals because it is the best way to win - playing well and scoring goals

2014 05 11
Manchester City’s Chilean manager Manuel Pellegrini is thrown in the air by his players as they celebrate after winning the Premiership title following the English Premier League football match between Manchester City and West Ham United at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester
2014 05 13
Manchester City Goalkeeping Coach Xabier Mancisidor, Joint Assistant Manager Brian Kidd, Manager Manuel Pellegrini, Joint Assistant Manager Ruben Cousillas and Fitness Coach Jose Cabello pose with the EPL trophy

2015 01 17 Retrieve

[Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini on Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez] At this time, he is the best player in English football

2016 02 06 Retrieve

[Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini explains after in his last press conference he said he was stepping down at the end of the season and Pep Guardiola would take over] I cannot do all the press conference for you, you must try to help me a little bit more. I was so bored last time that I tried to make you a little bit more amused

2016 12 05 Retrieve

[Manuel Pellegrini believes Claudio Bravo is the best goalkeeper on the planet] It’s not that the English are off with Claudio Bravo. The [English] press is harsh with the whole world. Moreover, Bravo replaced Hart, who played for England. But if Bravo went from Real Sociedad to Barcelona and Barcelona to City, it’s because he’s the best goalkeeper in the world

[Pellegrini could have been coaching Bravo, Arturo Vidal, Alexis Sanchez and Co – he has rejected the role no fewer than four occasions. The 63-year-old attributed this to timing and his unwillingness to give up the day-to-day grind of club football] Why did I turn it down? Firstly, because [the proposals] always came when I was under contract. Secondly, because national team work bores me. You have matches in September, October, November and March. And in June, when the Copa America’s on. The rest of the time you have to work in an office, and I like to be out on the pitch

2016 12 10 Retrieve

[Manuel Pellegrini believes Claudio Bravo is the best in the world] He is criticised a lot but Claudio Bravo is the best goalkeeper in the world. The English press are very hard on him, as they are with the entire world. And if Bravo has gone from Real Sociedad to Barcelona and Barcelona to Man City it is because he is the best goalkeeper in the world

2017 09 13 Retrieve

[Former Real Madrid boss Manuel Pellegrini labells his tenure in charge at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu as his most difficult] The period at Real Madrid was the most painful of my career. The team wasn’t complete and I had some obvious problems to deal with. I left with a bitter taste in my mouth at not winning the title despite have a record points total

We did sign some big stars, but we had a lot of forwards and few midfielders and the players I wanted to keep were sold. In addition, Cristiano Ronaldo spent a good portion of the season injured. I’d have liked to have more time as many players arrived that year and sometimes it takes time for them to gel in the best possible way

[Although he may harbour some bitterness about how his stint there ended, the Chilean had nothing but good things to say about the players he had at his disposal during his time in charge] It is easier than you would think to train those players. The Real Madrid squad at that time had great players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, Xabi [Alonso] and [Karim] Benzema. When the players with the biggest egos are the first to arrive for training and the last to leave, then everything is easier

2018 12 27 Retrieve

[Manuel Pellegrini expects Felipe Anderson to go from strength to strength for West Ham in the second half of the Premier League campaign] I always say that Felipe is just knowing what it is to be playing in the Premier League. In every game he is improving, it is not easy for a midfielder to score eight goals in the middle of the season, I am sure that he will continue improving in the second half

I don’t know that. I think for me it is more important that the team plays well and that Felipe is playing well in that, in that you always need high individual performers to win

[But Pellegrini insists his men must take things game by game if they are to maintain their fine form] It depends if we keep playing in this way. I said during the week that we needed to recover those three points that we lost at home against Watford and if we are also able to get 27 points, it was a very good first half [of the season] for us

2019 12 29 Retrieve

[Pellegrini sacked by West Ham after Leicester City defeat] It is with great disappointment that we’ve had to make this decision. Manuel is a gentleman and it has been a real pleasure to work with someone of his calibre. However, it has become clear that that a change is required to get the club back on track in line with our ambitions this season. We felt it was necessary to act now in order to give the new manager as much time as possible to try and achieve that goal