La Liga Premier League — 15 June 2013

Manuel Pellegrini is the new boss at Manchester CityPremier League runners-up Manchester City have unveiled former-Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini as their new boss.

The Chilean has signed a three-year contract at Eastlands and has promised to deliver a more attractive brand of football next season.


Pellegrini has an impressive record in La Liga with the likes of Villarreal and Malaga. The 59-year-old helped Villarreal finish second in 2008, above much fancied Barcelona. It was the Yellow Submarine’s best ever finish in their history.

Pellegrini kept Villarreal challenging in the top six of Spanish football for much of his time at the club, until he moved to Real Madrid in 2009. Pellegrini collected a then-record 96 points in La Liga, but was beaten to the title by Barcelona who managed 99. Pellegrini was sacked that season, despite the record total haul.

Pellegrini then moved to Andalusia with Malaga. The former-River Plate manager again worked wonders with Malaga. Pellegrini steadied the ship, before helping the club to finish fourth in La Liga in 2012, their highest ever league finish.


Pellegrini also has a very creditable record in European football. He led Villarreal to the semi-finals of the Champions League and guided Malaga to the quarter-finals of the competition, despite it being their debut campaign in the competition.

These performances will encourage Manchester City fans, with City failing to qualify from their Champions league in consecutive seasons. Under Pellegrini, the Citizens should at least make it out of the group stages.


Manuel Pellegrini faces a big challenge at Manchester City. Jose Mourinho is back at Chelsea and is determined to prove his worth and new Manchester United boss David Moyes will be doing everything in his power to prove he is good enough to be United boss.

Next season could be a very interesting one in the Premier League. City with Pellegrini in charge will be a major threat to United’s title crown in new campaign.

Can Pellegrini win the Premier League with City next season?


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