Manchester City's manager opens himself and talks about the Barcelona clash
Under pressure Manuel Pellegrini conceded a long interview to The Guardian this Monday. The Chilean manager spoke with Sid Lowe about his moment at the club and the Champions League clash against Barcelona.
“This isn’t a disastrous year. This is an absolutely solid project, carried out the right way. I’ve neverfelt that if I don’t win I’m out.”
His suspension against Barça last year
“Very few times have I regretted something so much. I behaved very badly, I was wrong".
“The Champions League is very important but it can’t be trastornado, it can’t distort everything. One bad game, one mistake, and you’re out. In Manchester United’s great era under Ferguson they only won two Champions Leagues, Real Madrid went 32 years without the European Cup … and they’re still Real Madrid. It’s important to reach the later rounds but you can’t think that not being there is a disaster, although with this squad you can’t get knocked out in the group".
What about Barcelona?
"The starting point is that it is possible to go to Barcelona and win. We have to have that mentality, ourmentality".
"Barcelona have a great team, spectacular players. No-one else can put together [Lionel] Messi, Neymar and Suárez. Add to that [Sergio] Busquets, Xavi, [Andrés] Iniesta, [Gerard] Piqué and [Javier] Mascherano, and it’s not a disgrace to get knocked out, but the results have distorted reality".
“We’ve never played at our level against them, for various reasons. Principally, because of the sending-offs".
“Barcelona will want a slow game, we’ll want a fast one, but we have to be intelligent. They have no time pressure and the less haste you have, the fewer mistakes you make. We have to avoid being precipitate; we have to be calm. I always say to the players: have a hot heart and a cool head.”