Monday, 15 July 2013

Manchester City a piece of cake after madness of River Plate says Manuel Pellegrini

MANUEL Pellegrini smiles when asked about the intense rivalry he is about to experience between his new club Manchester City and champions United.
Manuel Pellegrini, Manchester City, manchester united, derb, River Plate New City boss Pellegrini believes his experience at River Plate will make handling the United rivalry easy
Rivalry? You’re having a laugh. Manchester derby games will be a stroll in the park ­compared to the infamous clashes in Argentina between River Plate and Boca Juniors.
Pellegrini managed River and their ­“Superclasico” wars with Boca left the normally laid-back, ice-cool Chilean’s blood boiling.
Pellegrini joked the defeated coach was ­virtually a prisoner in his own home for “at least a week”.
Hundreds of furious fans would blockade the River Plate training ground and he would not feel it was safe to drive away until at least three hours after the session had finished.
There are endless fights between the two sets of supporters with Boca fans referring to their River Plate opponents as “chickens”. And the River Plate followers call the Boca boys “little pigs”.
Pellegrini said: “It’s very different. In ­Argentina, River Plate and Boca is crazy rivalry. Not only on the pitch during the 90 minutes.
“It’s the whole week. The whole month. The whole year. Of course, we have an important ­rivalry with Manchester United and we will do our best to beat them.
“But here it is an easier rivalry than at River Plate. Once you have managed in a River-Boca match, you can manage anywhere in the world because of the pressure.
“A coach who has worked in Argentina can work in any part of the world.
“If you lose the Superclasico you can’t go out of your home for at least a week. You have to hide. It’s very difficult to go out of the stadium the same day. And you must stay in the ­training ground at least two or three hours after a session has finished. So  I’m not concerned about the pressure here at City.
“I have had a lot of pressure ­everywhere. I’m used to being ­under pressure.
“The pressure I had at Real Madrid is about the same as at ­Manchester City. I ­definitely think ­Argentina is the worst.”
The rivalry between River Plate and Boca fans lasts all year round The rivalry between River Plate and Boca fans lasts all year round
So did he reach out for the worry beads when City chief ­executive Ferran ­Soriano demanded five trophies from him in five years?
Again there was the customary smile as ­Pellegrini said: “I think what Ferran said was that we need to try to win all – but I’m not under pressure if I don’t win five trophies that I will not be safe here.
“It’s not a problem. We will try to win the trophies and we are sure we have the squad to do it.
“We will do our best to do that. I am ­absolutely sure that with the squad we have at City, we can win trophies. It’s a big motivation for me. And it’s very ­motivational to win a ­trophy here in ­Europe. ­Important trophies.”
City failed miserably in the Champions League for two years running under Roberto Mancini so the big question asked of Pellegrini was did he believe he could win Europe’s top prize during his reign.
And the Etihad coach said: “I’m ­absolutely sure about that. I will try to win it. It is very ­important that my team has a ­winning mentality first of all.
“I am here because Ferran and Txiki Begiristain know of what I did in Spain over the past nine years”
Manuel Pellegrini
“Always thinking and ­playing like a big team. I’m not ­comparing with Roberto ­Mancini or with Mark Hughes or with any other coach who has worked here before me.
“But I’m just telling you what I think about the clubs that I want to manage.
“The winning mentality is very important.
“Trying to always play in the opposition’s half. Not just to score a goal and then come back to ­counter-­attack.
“We will try to score ­another goal and to play ­always the same.
“I am here because Ferran and Txiki Begiristain know of what I did in Spain over the past nine years.
“It is very important for me to arrive at City. I’m not the fashionable coach who won the last title last year.
“It’s more important that I’m here at ­Manchester City for the work I did over the last years in Spain and South America. And also for the way that my teams play.”
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