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El atacante argentino del FC Barcelona Lionel Messi (C) remata sobre la portería del Celtic de Glasgow, en partido del grupo G de la Liga de Campeones jugado el 7 de noviembre de 2012 en Glasgow. (AFP | ian macnicol)
El Barcelona perdió 2-1 en su visita a un defensivo y ordenado Celtic de Glasgow.
El atacante argentino del FC Barcelona Lionel Messi (C) remata sobre la portería del Celtic de Glasgow, en partido del grupo G de la Liga de Campeones jugado el 7 de noviembre de 2012 en Glasgow. (AFP | ian macnicol)
O astro do Barcelona vai ao Mundial como artilheiro da La Liga e vencedor do Chuteira de Ouro
Sampaoli: Messi está preparado para a Copa, física e mentalmente
O astro do Barcelona vai ao Mundial como artilheiro da La Liga e vencedor do Chuteira de Ouro
O astro do Barcelona vai ao Mundial como artilheiro da La Liga e vencedor do Chuteira de Ouro
Sampaoli: Messi está preparado para a Copa, física e mentalmente
O astro do Barcelona vai ao Mundial como artilheiro da La Liga e vencedor do Chuteira de Ouro
O astro do Barcelona vai ao Mundial como artilheiro da La Liga e vencedor do Chuteira de Ouro
Sampaoli: Messi está preparado para a Copa, física e mentalmente
O astro do Barcelona vai ao Mundial como artilheiro da La Liga e vencedor do Chuteira de Ouro
The Barcelona star goes into the World Cup as the La Liga top scorer and Golden Shoe winner, while team-mate Aguero is returning to full fitness
Messi physically and mentally ready for the World Cup, Sampaoli proclaims
The Barcelona star goes into the World Cup as the La Liga top scorer and Golden Shoe winner, while team-mate Aguero is returning to full fitness
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Levante vs FC Barcelona - Ciutat de Valencia, Valencia, Spain - May 13, 2018 Barcelona's Luis Suarez reacts REUTERS/Heino Kalis
La Liga Santander - Levante vs FC Barcelona
Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Levante vs FC Barcelona - Ciutat de Valencia, Valencia, Spain - May 13, 2018 Barcelona's Luis Suarez reacts REUTERS/Heino Kalis
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - May 6, 2018 Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Sergio Perez
La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Real Madrid
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona v Real Madrid - Camp Nou, Barcelona, Spain - May 6, 2018 Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo during the warm up before the match REUTERS/Sergio Perez
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Levante vs FC Barcelona - Ciutat de Valencia, Valencia, Spain - May 13, 2018 Barcelona's Luis Suarez reacts REUTERS/Heino Kalis
La Liga Santander - Levante vs FC Barcelona
FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - La Liga Santander - Levante vs FC Barcelona - Ciutat de Valencia, Valencia, Spain - May 13, 2018 Barcelona's Luis Suarez reacts REUTERS/Heino Kalis
They used to brandish a banner bearing the words “This Charming Man” and a picture of Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City. It was always a rather odd description for a man who, while wholly inoffensive, hardly carried an air of charm. If anything, it was a label that was quickly attached simply by virtue, it seemed, of Pellegrini being the opposite of his predecessor as City manager, Roberto Mancini, whose fiery, confrontational approach behind the scenes had splintered the dressing room and exasperated club officials. Pellegrini was the company man who helped restore a little order and calm at City and his relaxed approach was embraced by players who, rightly or wrongly, had tired of Mancini’s erratic behaviour and three line whip. For a while at least, Pellegrini delivered success in style in Manchester – his 2013/14 title winners were a splendid watch - before a slow rot set in and the whole thing tailed off miserably, the Chilean’s final months at the club played out against a backdrop of apathy and Pep Guardiola. In truth, West Ham United may have been attracted more by the work Pellegrini did at clubs of comparative size – Villarreal and then Malaga in Spain – than City or Real Madrid necessarily, even if his experience of working in England was considered crucial. At City and Real, Pellegrini was also accustomed to handling egotistical, high profile players. That could be useful when it comes to managing the likes of Marko Arnautovic, although the Chilean’s approach did not seem to extend much beyond giving such types a lot of leeway, on and off the pitch. Guardiola, for example, could not quite believe the sort of shape midfielders Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri were in when he pitched up at City after Pellegrini’s departure. Nasri, for example, was put on a special conditioning programme and told he could not train with the first team until he was in the right condition to do so. Pellegrini's Real Madrid scored goals for fun Credit: AFP Pellegrini worked impressively to tight budgets at Malaga and Villarreal, whom he led to the Champions League semi-finals. In five seasons at Villarreal, he finished third, seventh, fifth, second and fifth in La Liga. In three campaigns at Malaga, his teams came 11th, fourth and sixth. That is impressive. After the politics involved in managing Real, the soap opera at West Ham might also seem pretty inconsequential to Pellegrini. He has always tried to play on the front foot and placed real premium on attractive football. His Villarreal and Malaga teams were pleasant on the eye, his Real side amassed 96 points and smashed the 100-goal barrier and, for the first 12 months in particular, his City were arresting to watch. Much has been made of the quality of City’s football under Guardiola but it is easy to forget how scintillating Pellegrini’s side were at the Etihad in 2013/14. There were a number of stand-out displays: 4-1 against Manchester United, 7-0 against Norwich, 6-0 against Spurs, 6-3 against Arsenal. West Ham fans are unlikely to have forgotten being pumped 6-0 by City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final thrashing in January 2014, and 9-0 aggregate defeat. West Ham want and expect good football and Pellegrini subscribes wholly to that view. “I think football must be attractive for fans and that means scoring goals. I will never play to just score one goal, then run behind the ball,” he said. Premier League club-by-club review It did not remain great to watch at City, though. He won the title and two League Cups but, much like Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, he was stubborn to the point of being blind about his team’s shortcomings. City would often get overrun in midfield in big matches with Pellegrini reluctant to blend a little pragmatism with ambition. The players looked increasingly short of motivation and like they no longer believed in Pellegrini’s tactics or approach. By the end, they had even lost their fight, most shockingly in the Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid that angered City’s hierarchy. And that was with a squad far better than the one he inherits at West Ham. He was let down to a large extent by City’s failings in the transfer market but one need only look at how Guardiola has elevated the likes of David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph, players he inherited from Pellegrini, to recognise how the squad had stagnated under the Chilean. Now 64, it will be interesting to see if he can ignite West Ham’s squad. The charming tag – a nod to the famous song by Manchester band, The Smiths - was always a great misnomer, too. Pellegrini spent his entire playing career at Universidad de Chile, making over 500 appearances for the club. By his own admission, he was a hot-head as a player – aggressive, emotional, impulsive - who was not averse to throwing a punch or two and resolved that such traits would hold him back as a coach. Pellegrini led City to the title in 2014 Credit: AFP “I’ve changed my character 100 per cent; if not, I could never have become a manager,” Pellegrini said in an interview in 2015. But watching him at City, there were plenty of times when you wondered if Pellegrini was repressing too much when a little more emotion, anger – charm and personality above all else - would have been no bad thing. Pellegrini famously blew his top once, when he blamed City’s exit to Barcelona in the Champions League on the nationality of a referee, but apologised unreservedly three days later. But he often gave the impression of a man simmering with an internal rage he was desperate to mask with that grey demeanour and, for the final 18 months of his reign at City, he wore a permanently disgruntled expression and cut a detached, somewhat aloof figure. City will always be grateful for the title success he orchestrated and the way he smoothed choppy waters in the aftermath of Mancini’s stormy final season but any spark had long fizzled out of the relationship by the time they parted company. There is little doubt Pellegrini was undermined by news of Guardiola’s appointment four months from the end of his last season in charge. In fact, he had known the summer before, when he signed a contract extension, that he was likely to be replaced by Guardiola. But it should not obscure the reality - that a sense of drift had taken hold at City long before that news became public.
Manuel Pellegrini will treat West Ham to entertainment but beware - 'This Charming Man' is far from perfect
They used to brandish a banner bearing the words “This Charming Man” and a picture of Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City. It was always a rather odd description for a man who, while wholly inoffensive, hardly carried an air of charm. If anything, it was a label that was quickly attached simply by virtue, it seemed, of Pellegrini being the opposite of his predecessor as City manager, Roberto Mancini, whose fiery, confrontational approach behind the scenes had splintered the dressing room and exasperated club officials. Pellegrini was the company man who helped restore a little order and calm at City and his relaxed approach was embraced by players who, rightly or wrongly, had tired of Mancini’s erratic behaviour and three line whip. For a while at least, Pellegrini delivered success in style in Manchester – his 2013/14 title winners were a splendid watch - before a slow rot set in and the whole thing tailed off miserably, the Chilean’s final months at the club played out against a backdrop of apathy and Pep Guardiola. In truth, West Ham United may have been attracted more by the work Pellegrini did at clubs of comparative size – Villarreal and then Malaga in Spain – than City or Real Madrid necessarily, even if his experience of working in England was considered crucial. At City and Real, Pellegrini was also accustomed to handling egotistical, high profile players. That could be useful when it comes to managing the likes of Marko Arnautovic, although the Chilean’s approach did not seem to extend much beyond giving such types a lot of leeway, on and off the pitch. Guardiola, for example, could not quite believe the sort of shape midfielders Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri were in when he pitched up at City after Pellegrini’s departure. Nasri, for example, was put on a special conditioning programme and told he could not train with the first team until he was in the right condition to do so. Pellegrini's Real Madrid scored goals for fun Credit: AFP Pellegrini worked impressively to tight budgets at Malaga and Villarreal, whom he led to the Champions League semi-finals. In five seasons at Villarreal, he finished third, seventh, fifth, second and fifth in La Liga. In three campaigns at Malaga, his teams came 11th, fourth and sixth. That is impressive. After the politics involved in managing Real, the soap opera at West Ham might also seem pretty inconsequential to Pellegrini. He has always tried to play on the front foot and placed real premium on attractive football. His Villarreal and Malaga teams were pleasant on the eye, his Real side amassed 96 points and smashed the 100-goal barrier and, for the first 12 months in particular, his City were arresting to watch. Much has been made of the quality of City’s football under Guardiola but it is easy to forget how scintillating Pellegrini’s side were at the Etihad in 2013/14. There were a number of stand-out displays: 4-1 against Manchester United, 7-0 against Norwich, 6-0 against Spurs, 6-3 against Arsenal. West Ham fans are unlikely to have forgotten being pumped 6-0 by City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final thrashing in January 2014, and 9-0 aggregate defeat. West Ham want and expect good football and Pellegrini subscribes wholly to that view. “I think football must be attractive for fans and that means scoring goals. I will never play to just score one goal, then run behind the ball,” he said. Premier League club-by-club review It did not remain great to watch at City, though. He won the title and two League Cups but, much like Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, he was stubborn to the point of being blind about his team’s shortcomings. City would often get overrun in midfield in big matches with Pellegrini reluctant to blend a little pragmatism with ambition. The players looked increasingly short of motivation and like they no longer believed in Pellegrini’s tactics or approach. By the end, they had even lost their fight, most shockingly in the Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid that angered City’s hierarchy. And that was with a squad far better than the one he inherits at West Ham. He was let down to a large extent by City’s failings in the transfer market but one need only look at how Guardiola has elevated the likes of David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph, players he inherited from Pellegrini, to recognise how the squad had stagnated under the Chilean. Now 64, it will be interesting to see if he can ignite West Ham’s squad. The charming tag – a nod to the famous song by Manchester band, The Smiths - was always a great misnomer, too. Pellegrini spent his entire playing career at Universidad de Chile, making over 500 appearances for the club. By his own admission, he was a hot-head as a player – aggressive, emotional, impulsive - who was not averse to throwing a punch or two and resolved that such traits would hold him back as a coach. Pellegrini led City to the title in 2014 Credit: AFP “I’ve changed my character 100 per cent; if not, I could never have become a manager,” Pellegrini said in an interview in 2015. But watching him at City, there were plenty of times when you wondered if Pellegrini was repressing too much when a little more emotion, anger – charm and personality above all else - would have been no bad thing. Pellegrini famously blew his top once, when he blamed City’s exit to Barcelona in the Champions League on the nationality of a referee, but apologised unreservedly three days later. But he often gave the impression of a man simmering with an internal rage he was desperate to mask with that grey demeanour and, for the final 18 months of his reign at City, he wore a permanently disgruntled expression and cut a detached, somewhat aloof figure. City will always be grateful for the title success he orchestrated and the way he smoothed choppy waters in the aftermath of Mancini’s stormy final season but any spark had long fizzled out of the relationship by the time they parted company. There is little doubt Pellegrini was undermined by news of Guardiola’s appointment four months from the end of his last season in charge. In fact, he had known the summer before, when he signed a contract extension, that he was likely to be replaced by Guardiola. But it should not obscure the reality - that a sense of drift had taken hold at City long before that news became public.
They used to brandish a banner bearing the words “This Charming Man” and a picture of Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City. It was always a rather odd description for a man who, while wholly inoffensive, hardly carried an air of charm. If anything, it was a label that was quickly attached simply by virtue, it seemed, of Pellegrini being the opposite of his predecessor as City manager, Roberto Mancini, whose fiery, confrontational approach behind the scenes had splintered the dressing room and exasperated club officials. Pellegrini was the company man who helped restore a little order and calm at City and his relaxed approach was embraced by players who, rightly or wrongly, had tired of Mancini’s erratic behaviour and three line whip. For a while at least, Pellegrini delivered success in style in Manchester – his 2013/14 title winners were a splendid watch - before a slow rot set in and the whole thing tailed off miserably, the Chilean’s final months at the club played out against a backdrop of apathy and Pep Guardiola. In truth, West Ham United may have been attracted more by the work Pellegrini did at clubs of comparative size – Villarreal and then Malaga in Spain – than City or Real Madrid necessarily, even if his experience of working in England was considered crucial. At City and Real, Pellegrini was also accustomed to handling egotistical, high profile players. That could be useful when it comes to managing the likes of Marko Arnautovic, although the Chilean’s approach did not seem to extend much beyond giving such types a lot of leeway, on and off the pitch. Guardiola, for example, could not quite believe the sort of shape midfielders Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri were in when he pitched up at City after Pellegrini’s departure. Nasri, for example, was put on a special conditioning programme and told he could not train with the first team until he was in the right condition to do so. Pellegrini's Real Madrid scored goals for fun Credit: AFP Pellegrini worked impressively to tight budgets at Malaga and Villarreal, whom he led to the Champions League semi-finals. In five seasons at Villarreal, he finished third, seventh, fifth, second and fifth in La Liga. In three campaigns at Malaga, his teams came 11th, fourth and sixth. That is impressive. After the politics involved in managing Real, the soap opera at West Ham might also seem pretty inconsequential to Pellegrini. He has always tried to play on the front foot and placed real premium on attractive football. His Villarreal and Malaga teams were pleasant on the eye, his Real side amassed 96 points and smashed the 100-goal barrier and, for the first 12 months in particular, his City were arresting to watch. Much has been made of the quality of City’s football under Guardiola but it is easy to forget how scintillating Pellegrini’s side were at the Etihad in 2013/14. There were a number of stand-out displays: 4-1 against Manchester United, 7-0 against Norwich, 6-0 against Spurs, 6-3 against Arsenal. West Ham fans are unlikely to have forgotten being pumped 6-0 by City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final thrashing in January 2014, and 9-0 aggregate defeat. West Ham want and expect good football and Pellegrini subscribes wholly to that view. “I think football must be attractive for fans and that means scoring goals. I will never play to just score one goal, then run behind the ball,” he said. Premier League club-by-club review It did not remain great to watch at City, though. He won the title and two League Cups but, much like Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, he was stubborn to the point of being blind about his team’s shortcomings. City would often get overrun in midfield in big matches with Pellegrini reluctant to blend a little pragmatism with ambition. The players looked increasingly short of motivation and like they no longer believed in Pellegrini’s tactics or approach. By the end, they had even lost their fight, most shockingly in the Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid that angered City’s hierarchy. And that was with a squad far better than the one he inherits at West Ham. He was let down to a large extent by City’s failings in the transfer market but one need only look at how Guardiola has elevated the likes of David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph, players he inherited from Pellegrini, to recognise how the squad had stagnated under the Chilean. Now 64, it will be interesting to see if he can ignite West Ham’s squad. The charming tag – a nod to the famous song by Manchester band, The Smiths - was always a great misnomer, too. Pellegrini spent his entire playing career at Universidad de Chile, making over 500 appearances for the club. By his own admission, he was a hot-head as a player – aggressive, emotional, impulsive - who was not averse to throwing a punch or two and resolved that such traits would hold him back as a coach. Pellegrini led City to the title in 2014 Credit: AFP “I’ve changed my character 100 per cent; if not, I could never have become a manager,” Pellegrini said in an interview in 2015. But watching him at City, there were plenty of times when you wondered if Pellegrini was repressing too much when a little more emotion, anger – charm and personality above all else - would have been no bad thing. Pellegrini famously blew his top once, when he blamed City’s exit to Barcelona in the Champions League on the nationality of a referee, but apologised unreservedly three days later. But he often gave the impression of a man simmering with an internal rage he was desperate to mask with that grey demeanour and, for the final 18 months of his reign at City, he wore a permanently disgruntled expression and cut a detached, somewhat aloof figure. City will always be grateful for the title success he orchestrated and the way he smoothed choppy waters in the aftermath of Mancini’s stormy final season but any spark had long fizzled out of the relationship by the time they parted company. There is little doubt Pellegrini was undermined by news of Guardiola’s appointment four months from the end of his last season in charge. In fact, he had known the summer before, when he signed a contract extension, that he was likely to be replaced by Guardiola. But it should not obscure the reality - that a sense of drift had taken hold at City long before that news became public.
Manuel Pellegrini will treat West Ham to entertainment but beware - 'This Charming Man' is far from perfect
They used to brandish a banner bearing the words “This Charming Man” and a picture of Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City. It was always a rather odd description for a man who, while wholly inoffensive, hardly carried an air of charm. If anything, it was a label that was quickly attached simply by virtue, it seemed, of Pellegrini being the opposite of his predecessor as City manager, Roberto Mancini, whose fiery, confrontational approach behind the scenes had splintered the dressing room and exasperated club officials. Pellegrini was the company man who helped restore a little order and calm at City and his relaxed approach was embraced by players who, rightly or wrongly, had tired of Mancini’s erratic behaviour and three line whip. For a while at least, Pellegrini delivered success in style in Manchester – his 2013/14 title winners were a splendid watch - before a slow rot set in and the whole thing tailed off miserably, the Chilean’s final months at the club played out against a backdrop of apathy and Pep Guardiola. In truth, West Ham United may have been attracted more by the work Pellegrini did at clubs of comparative size – Villarreal and then Malaga in Spain – than City or Real Madrid necessarily, even if his experience of working in England was considered crucial. At City and Real, Pellegrini was also accustomed to handling egotistical, high profile players. That could be useful when it comes to managing the likes of Marko Arnautovic, although the Chilean’s approach did not seem to extend much beyond giving such types a lot of leeway, on and off the pitch. Guardiola, for example, could not quite believe the sort of shape midfielders Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri were in when he pitched up at City after Pellegrini’s departure. Nasri, for example, was put on a special conditioning programme and told he could not train with the first team until he was in the right condition to do so. Pellegrini's Real Madrid scored goals for fun Credit: AFP Pellegrini worked impressively to tight budgets at Malaga and Villarreal, whom he led to the Champions League semi-finals. In five seasons at Villarreal, he finished third, seventh, fifth, second and fifth in La Liga. In three campaigns at Malaga, his teams came 11th, fourth and sixth. That is impressive. After the politics involved in managing Real, the soap opera at West Ham might also seem pretty inconsequential to Pellegrini. He has always tried to play on the front foot and placed real premium on attractive football. His Villarreal and Malaga teams were pleasant on the eye, his Real side amassed 96 points and smashed the 100-goal barrier and, for the first 12 months in particular, his City were arresting to watch. Much has been made of the quality of City’s football under Guardiola but it is easy to forget how scintillating Pellegrini’s side were at the Etihad in 2013/14. There were a number of stand-out displays: 4-1 against Manchester United, 7-0 against Norwich, 6-0 against Spurs, 6-3 against Arsenal. West Ham fans are unlikely to have forgotten being pumped 6-0 by City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final thrashing in January 2014, and 9-0 aggregate defeat. West Ham want and expect good football and Pellegrini subscribes wholly to that view. “I think football must be attractive for fans and that means scoring goals. I will never play to just score one goal, then run behind the ball,” he said. Premier League club-by-club review It did not remain great to watch at City, though. He won the title and two League Cups but, much like Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, he was stubborn to the point of being blind about his team’s shortcomings. City would often get overrun in midfield in big matches with Pellegrini reluctant to blend a little pragmatism with ambition. The players looked increasingly short of motivation and like they no longer believed in Pellegrini’s tactics or approach. By the end, they had even lost their fight, most shockingly in the Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid that angered City’s hierarchy. And that was with a squad far better than the one he inherits at West Ham. He was let down to a large extent by City’s failings in the transfer market but one need only look at how Guardiola has elevated the likes of David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph, players he inherited from Pellegrini, to recognise how the squad had stagnated under the Chilean. Now 64, it will be interesting to see if he can ignite West Ham’s squad. The charming tag – a nod to the famous song by Manchester band, The Smiths - was always a great misnomer, too. Pellegrini spent his entire playing career at Universidad de Chile, making over 500 appearances for the club. By his own admission, he was a hot-head as a player – aggressive, emotional, impulsive - who was not averse to throwing a punch or two and resolved that such traits would hold him back as a coach. Pellegrini led City to the title in 2014 Credit: AFP “I’ve changed my character 100 per cent; if not, I could never have become a manager,” Pellegrini said in an interview in 2015. But watching him at City, there were plenty of times when you wondered if Pellegrini was repressing too much when a little more emotion, anger – charm and personality above all else - would have been no bad thing. Pellegrini famously blew his top once, when he blamed City’s exit to Barcelona in the Champions League on the nationality of a referee, but apologised unreservedly three days later. But he often gave the impression of a man simmering with an internal rage he was desperate to mask with that grey demeanour and, for the final 18 months of his reign at City, he wore a permanently disgruntled expression and cut a detached, somewhat aloof figure. City will always be grateful for the title success he orchestrated and the way he smoothed choppy waters in the aftermath of Mancini’s stormy final season but any spark had long fizzled out of the relationship by the time they parted company. There is little doubt Pellegrini was undermined by news of Guardiola’s appointment four months from the end of his last season in charge. In fact, he had known the summer before, when he signed a contract extension, that he was likely to be replaced by Guardiola. But it should not obscure the reality - that a sense of drift had taken hold at City long before that news became public.
They used to brandish a banner bearing the words “This Charming Man” and a picture of Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City. It was always a rather odd description for a man who, while wholly inoffensive, hardly carried an air of charm. If anything, it was a label that was quickly attached simply by virtue, it seemed, of Pellegrini being the opposite of his predecessor as City manager, Roberto Mancini, whose fiery, confrontational approach behind the scenes had splintered the dressing room and exasperated club officials. Pellegrini was the company man who helped restore a little order and calm at City and his relaxed approach was embraced by players who, rightly or wrongly, had tired of Mancini’s erratic behaviour and three line whip. For a while at least, Pellegrini delivered success in style in Manchester – his 2013/14 title winners were a splendid watch - before a slow rot set in and the whole thing tailed off miserably, the Chilean’s final months at the club played out against a backdrop of apathy and Pep Guardiola. In truth, West Ham United may have been attracted more by the work Pellegrini did at clubs of comparative size – Villarreal and then Malaga in Spain – than City or Real Madrid necessarily, even if his experience of working in England was considered crucial. At City and Real, Pellegrini was also accustomed to handling egotistical, high profile players. That could be useful when it comes to managing the likes of Marko Arnautovic, although the Chilean’s approach did not seem to extend much beyond giving such types a lot of leeway, on and off the pitch. Guardiola, for example, could not quite believe the sort of shape midfielders Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri were in when he pitched up at City after Pellegrini’s departure. Nasri, for example, was put on a special conditioning programme and told he could not train with the first team until he was in the right condition to do so. Pellegrini's Real Madrid scored goals for fun Credit: AFP Pellegrini worked impressively to tight budgets at Malaga and Villarreal, whom he led to the Champions League semi-finals. In five seasons at Villarreal, he finished third, seventh, fifth, second and fifth in La Liga. In three campaigns at Malaga, his teams came 11th, fourth and sixth. That is impressive. After the politics involved in managing Real, the soap opera at West Ham might also seem pretty inconsequential to Pellegrini. He has always tried to play on the front foot and placed real premium on attractive football. His Villarreal and Malaga teams were pleasant on the eye, his Real side amassed 96 points and smashed the 100-goal barrier and, for the first 12 months in particular, his City were arresting to watch. Much has been made of the quality of City’s football under Guardiola but it is easy to forget how scintillating Pellegrini’s side were at the Etihad in 2013/14. There were a number of stand-out displays: 4-1 against Manchester United, 7-0 against Norwich, 6-0 against Spurs, 6-3 against Arsenal. West Ham fans are unlikely to have forgotten being pumped 6-0 by City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final thrashing in January 2014, and 9-0 aggregate defeat. West Ham want and expect good football and Pellegrini subscribes wholly to that view. “I think football must be attractive for fans and that means scoring goals. I will never play to just score one goal, then run behind the ball,” he said. Premier League club-by-club review It did not remain great to watch at City, though. He won the title and two League Cups but, much like Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, he was stubborn to the point of being blind about his team’s shortcomings. City would often get overrun in midfield in big matches with Pellegrini reluctant to blend a little pragmatism with ambition. The players looked increasingly short of motivation and like they no longer believed in Pellegrini’s tactics or approach. By the end, they had even lost their fight, most shockingly in the Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid that angered City’s hierarchy. And that was with a squad far better than the one he inherits at West Ham. He was let down to a large extent by City’s failings in the transfer market but one need only look at how Guardiola has elevated the likes of David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph, players he inherited from Pellegrini, to recognise how the squad had stagnated under the Chilean. Now 64, it will be interesting to see if he can ignite West Ham’s squad. The charming tag – a nod to the famous song by Manchester band, The Smiths - was always a great misnomer, too. Pellegrini spent his entire playing career at Universidad de Chile, making over 500 appearances for the club. By his own admission, he was a hot-head as a player – aggressive, emotional, impulsive - who was not averse to throwing a punch or two and resolved that such traits would hold him back as a coach. Pellegrini led City to the title in 2014 Credit: AFP “I’ve changed my character 100 per cent; if not, I could never have become a manager,” Pellegrini said in an interview in 2015. But watching him at City, there were plenty of times when you wondered if Pellegrini was repressing too much when a little more emotion, anger – charm and personality above all else - would have been no bad thing. Pellegrini famously blew his top once, when he blamed City’s exit to Barcelona in the Champions League on the nationality of a referee, but apologised unreservedly three days later. But he often gave the impression of a man simmering with an internal rage he was desperate to mask with that grey demeanour and, for the final 18 months of his reign at City, he wore a permanently disgruntled expression and cut a detached, somewhat aloof figure. City will always be grateful for the title success he orchestrated and the way he smoothed choppy waters in the aftermath of Mancini’s stormy final season but any spark had long fizzled out of the relationship by the time they parted company. There is little doubt Pellegrini was undermined by news of Guardiola’s appointment four months from the end of his last season in charge. In fact, he had known the summer before, when he signed a contract extension, that he was likely to be replaced by Guardiola. But it should not obscure the reality - that a sense of drift had taken hold at City long before that news became public.
Manuel Pellegrini will treat West Ham to entertainment but beware - 'This Charming Man' is far from perfect
They used to brandish a banner bearing the words “This Charming Man” and a picture of Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City. It was always a rather odd description for a man who, while wholly inoffensive, hardly carried an air of charm. If anything, it was a label that was quickly attached simply by virtue, it seemed, of Pellegrini being the opposite of his predecessor as City manager, Roberto Mancini, whose fiery, confrontational approach behind the scenes had splintered the dressing room and exasperated club officials. Pellegrini was the company man who helped restore a little order and calm at City and his relaxed approach was embraced by players who, rightly or wrongly, had tired of Mancini’s erratic behaviour and three line whip. For a while at least, Pellegrini delivered success in style in Manchester – his 2013/14 title winners were a splendid watch - before a slow rot set in and the whole thing tailed off miserably, the Chilean’s final months at the club played out against a backdrop of apathy and Pep Guardiola. In truth, West Ham United may have been attracted more by the work Pellegrini did at clubs of comparative size – Villarreal and then Malaga in Spain – than City or Real Madrid necessarily, even if his experience of working in England was considered crucial. At City and Real, Pellegrini was also accustomed to handling egotistical, high profile players. That could be useful when it comes to managing the likes of Marko Arnautovic, although the Chilean’s approach did not seem to extend much beyond giving such types a lot of leeway, on and off the pitch. Guardiola, for example, could not quite believe the sort of shape midfielders Yaya Toure and Samir Nasri were in when he pitched up at City after Pellegrini’s departure. Nasri, for example, was put on a special conditioning programme and told he could not train with the first team until he was in the right condition to do so. Pellegrini's Real Madrid scored goals for fun Credit: AFP Pellegrini worked impressively to tight budgets at Malaga and Villarreal, whom he led to the Champions League semi-finals. In five seasons at Villarreal, he finished third, seventh, fifth, second and fifth in La Liga. In three campaigns at Malaga, his teams came 11th, fourth and sixth. That is impressive. After the politics involved in managing Real, the soap opera at West Ham might also seem pretty inconsequential to Pellegrini. He has always tried to play on the front foot and placed real premium on attractive football. His Villarreal and Malaga teams were pleasant on the eye, his Real side amassed 96 points and smashed the 100-goal barrier and, for the first 12 months in particular, his City were arresting to watch. Much has been made of the quality of City’s football under Guardiola but it is easy to forget how scintillating Pellegrini’s side were at the Etihad in 2013/14. There were a number of stand-out displays: 4-1 against Manchester United, 7-0 against Norwich, 6-0 against Spurs, 6-3 against Arsenal. West Ham fans are unlikely to have forgotten being pumped 6-0 by City in the first leg of their League Cup semi-final thrashing in January 2014, and 9-0 aggregate defeat. West Ham want and expect good football and Pellegrini subscribes wholly to that view. “I think football must be attractive for fans and that means scoring goals. I will never play to just score one goal, then run behind the ball,” he said. Premier League club-by-club review It did not remain great to watch at City, though. He won the title and two League Cups but, much like Arsene Wenger at Arsenal, he was stubborn to the point of being blind about his team’s shortcomings. City would often get overrun in midfield in big matches with Pellegrini reluctant to blend a little pragmatism with ambition. The players looked increasingly short of motivation and like they no longer believed in Pellegrini’s tactics or approach. By the end, they had even lost their fight, most shockingly in the Champions League semi-final defeat to Real Madrid that angered City’s hierarchy. And that was with a squad far better than the one he inherits at West Ham. He was let down to a large extent by City’s failings in the transfer market but one need only look at how Guardiola has elevated the likes of David Silva, Nicolas Otamendi, Raheem Sterling and Fabian Delph, players he inherited from Pellegrini, to recognise how the squad had stagnated under the Chilean. Now 64, it will be interesting to see if he can ignite West Ham’s squad. The charming tag – a nod to the famous song by Manchester band, The Smiths - was always a great misnomer, too. Pellegrini spent his entire playing career at Universidad de Chile, making over 500 appearances for the club. By his own admission, he was a hot-head as a player – aggressive, emotional, impulsive - who was not averse to throwing a punch or two and resolved that such traits would hold him back as a coach. Pellegrini led City to the title in 2014 Credit: AFP “I’ve changed my character 100 per cent; if not, I could never have become a manager,” Pellegrini said in an interview in 2015. But watching him at City, there were plenty of times when you wondered if Pellegrini was repressing too much when a little more emotion, anger – charm and personality above all else - would have been no bad thing. Pellegrini famously blew his top once, when he blamed City’s exit to Barcelona in the Champions League on the nationality of a referee, but apologised unreservedly three days later. But he often gave the impression of a man simmering with an internal rage he was desperate to mask with that grey demeanour and, for the final 18 months of his reign at City, he wore a permanently disgruntled expression and cut a detached, somewhat aloof figure. City will always be grateful for the title success he orchestrated and the way he smoothed choppy waters in the aftermath of Mancini’s stormy final season but any spark had long fizzled out of the relationship by the time they parted company. There is little doubt Pellegrini was undermined by news of Guardiola’s appointment four months from the end of his last season in charge. In fact, he had known the summer before, when he signed a contract extension, that he was likely to be replaced by Guardiola. But it should not obscure the reality - that a sense of drift had taken hold at City long before that news became public.
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
FOTO: Tawa dan Tangis Andres Iniesta di Laga Perpisahan
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
FOTO: Tawa dan Tangis Andres Iniesta di Laga Perpisahan
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
FOTO: Tawa dan Tangis Andres Iniesta di Laga Perpisahan
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
FOTO: Tawa dan Tangis Andres Iniesta di Laga Perpisahan
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
FOTO: Tawa dan Tangis Andres Iniesta di Laga Perpisahan
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
FOTO: Tawa dan Tangis Andres Iniesta di Laga Perpisahan
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
FOTO: Tawa dan Tangis Andres Iniesta di Laga Perpisahan
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
FOTO: Tawa dan Tangis Andres Iniesta di Laga Perpisahan
Andres Iniesta akhirnya berpisah dengan Barcelona, klub yang sudah 22 tahun dibelanya sejak masih era La Masia hingga ke skuat senior. Tawa dan tangis pecah saat laga terakhirnya melawan Real Sociedad pada penghujung La Liga Spanyol.
Barcelona's Lionel Messi is set to be awarded a fifth Golden Shoe as he finished as the top scorer in European leagues once again. The Argentine amassed 34 goals in La Liga, which was the highest by any player in one's respective leagues. He also won the Pichichi Trophy in Spain for being top scorer in the Primera Division. Here's more about it.
Know why Lionel Messi won 5th Golden Shoe
Barcelona's Lionel Messi is set to be awarded a fifth Golden Shoe as he finished as the top scorer in European leagues once again. The Argentine amassed 34 goals in La Liga, which was the highest by any player in one's respective leagues. He also won the Pichichi Trophy in Spain for being top scorer in the Primera Division. Here's more about it.
El jugador del FC Barcelona Andrés Iniesta (d) y el de la Real Sociedad Xabi Prieto, al comienzo del partido de la última jornada de Liga en Primera División que disputaron anoche en el Camp Nou, en Barcelona. EFE
El jugador del FC Barcelona Andrés Iniesta (d) y el de la Real Sociedad Xabi Prieto, al comienzo del partido de la última jornada de Liga en Primera División que disputaron anoche en el Camp Nou, en Barcelona. EFE
El jugador del FC Barcelona Andrés Iniesta (d) y el de la Real Sociedad Xabi Prieto, al comienzo del partido de la última jornada de Liga en Primera División que disputaron anoche en el Camp Nou, en Barcelona. EFE
El capitán del FC Barcelona Andrés Iniesta posa con el trofeo de campeón de Liga, tras el partido de la última jornada de Liga en Primera División ante la Real Sociedad disputado anoche en el Camp Nou de Barcelona. EFE
El capitán del FC Barcelona Andrés Iniesta posa con el trofeo de campeón de Liga, tras el partido de la última jornada de Liga en Primera División ante la Real Sociedad disputado anoche en el Camp Nou de Barcelona. EFE
El capitán del FC Barcelona Andrés Iniesta posa con el trofeo de campeón de Liga, tras el partido de la última jornada de Liga en Primera División ante la Real Sociedad disputado anoche en el Camp Nou de Barcelona. EFE
Los jugadores del FC Barcelona posan con los trofeos de Liga y Copa, tras el partido de la última jornada de Primera División ante la Real Sociedad disputado anoche en el Camp Nou de Barcelona. EFE
Los jugadores del FC Barcelona posan con los trofeos de Liga y Copa, tras el partido de la última jornada de Primera División ante la Real Sociedad disputado anoche en el Camp Nou de Barcelona. EFE
Los jugadores del FC Barcelona posan con los trofeos de Liga y Copa, tras el partido de la última jornada de Primera División ante la Real Sociedad disputado anoche en el Camp Nou de Barcelona. EFE
Barcelona's Andres Iniesta and team mates celebrate after the match. REUTERS/Albert Gea
La Liga Santander - FC Barcelona vs Real Sociedad
Barcelona's Andres Iniesta and team mates celebrate after the match. REUTERS/Albert Gea
Barcelona menang tipis 1-0 atas Real Sociedad di jornada terakhir La Liga 2017-2018 di Camp Nou, Senin (21/5/2018) dini hari WIB.
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Barcelona menang tipis 1-0 atas Real Sociedad di jornada terakhir La Liga 2017-2018 di Camp Nou, Senin (21/5/2018) dini hari WIB.
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has won his fifth European Golden Shoe after his team beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in its final La Liga Santander match of the season.
Lionel Messi Wins Fifth European Golden Shoe
Barcelona striker Lionel Messi has won his fifth European Golden Shoe after his team beat Real Sociedad 1-0 in its final La Liga Santander match of the season.

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