Manuel Pellegrini, trainer of the Real Betis


Manuel Pellegrini and Barça: a story of 'disagreements'

Published:3/12/2021 - 23:25h

Updated:3/12/2021 - 23:25h

Manuel Pellegrini meets a rival who has always caused him headaches. The Chilean knows very well what it is to fall against Barça

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Manuel Pellegrini knows very well the Camp Nou, the FC Barcelona and what represents to measure against the Barcelona picture. The engineer returns again to the City Condal to direct to the Real Betis and the challenge is capital, because the feudo barcelonista knows to resist him like few. This Saturday, from the 16:15 hours, will live a capital challenge to achieve an aim that only has reached in four opportunities: win to the Barça, although it has tried it until in 28 occasions. His balance is more than negative, but wants to avoid a new desencuentro.

And it is that the history between the culés and Pellegrini is so long like complicated. The Chilean, in fact, was very near to turn into the Barcelona trainer after Rijkaard. From the directive handled three options: Pep Guardiola, José Mourinho and Pellegrini, but the 'dispute' remained between the Catalan and the Portuguese. It was one of the big desencuentros, but no the only. The current trainer of the Real Betis, that also has gone through the benches of the Real Madrid, Manchester City or Villarreal, has fallen in too many occasions against the Barça, especially in the Camp Nou.

In all his career, that has not been short, only has won in a visit to the Camp Nou in LaLiga, adding two ties and seven defeats. His teams have fit against the Barça 30 goals. In a general balance, Pellegrini has confronted to the Catalan picture in 28 opportunities, with 20 defeats, four ties and other four victories. Desglosadas By team, the engineer achieved four victories, three ties and five defeats with the Villarreal (2004-2009).

Afterwards, in his brief go through the Real Madrid (2009-2010) lost in the two occasions, whereas with the Málaga (2010-2013) accumulated seven defeats and rascó a tie. With the Manchester City (2013-2016) were four defeats, by two with the Real Betis in the past season. In the same, the Barça imposed by 5-2 in the Camp Nou and in Benito Villmarín achieved the victory almost 'in extremis' by 2-3.

Can Pellegrini 'change' the history?

The data, statistical and antecedents remain without effect in what it begins to run the balloon and Manuel Pellegrini knows very very this. It is conscious that the crash in front of the FC Barcelona will be very complicated, but also knows that his Real Betis has signed a start of season very regular and that has positioned like one of the most stood out teams in this stretch of LaLiga. No by at all it occupies the fifth position of the championship, to nine points of the leader, but with one less than the Seville, in the fourth position.

The picture verdiblanco has a balance of eight victories, three ties and four defeats in 15 parties contested to date. It has showed like a very competitive team and that litigates to the end to achieve the result, although no always is sufficient. For example, against the Real Madrid complicated him the life to the ones of Carlo Ancelotti and a solitary goal of Dani Carvajal defined the result in favour of the merengues. A proof 'perfect' that with the Betis can not go out 'trusted'.

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