"In Madrid you have to know how much you have to let people interfere, people who don't know about football"
With two more days before Manuel Pellegrini's return to Santiago Bernabéu, the Chilean coach gave an interview to El Mundo in which he recalls his stay at Madrid and criticises Florentino Pérez's model. The current Manchester City manager reveals that since August he knew that the next season he wouldn't coach the club and considers there were too much politics. In addition, Pellegrini talks about Guardiola's taking over and says he would like to coach in the Serie A.
Experience at Madrid
"To coach Real Madrid, you have to be ready to accept that it isn't just a sporting club, it is very political."
"You also have to know how much you must let people interefere, people that for me, don't have the football knowledge to do so..."
"If you let yourself be driven by people who don't have the knowledge and that criticisms from the political, sporting side or of personal interest affect you, I think you're not ready for it. That is why I had the chance to pass one of the most difficult tests and it didn't affect me."
"I never chose a player for his convenience. Madrid has a model and he won't change it."
"In August I knew I wouldn't continue. The president [Florentino Pérez] told Villarreal's president [Fernando Roig] and the latter told me..."
Champion's League semi-finals
"I was surprised to see Madrid play so far back. Our team lacked a lot of creativity, we lost the ball very quickly, but I think we had the attitude of someone who wants to win the game. We will try to do the exact same in Madrid next Wednesday."
"It was a painful game. I'm always defending offensive football, we wanted to but we couldn't. And Madrid didn't want to directly attack or they couldn't either until the last 20 minutes, when they had a couple of dangerous corners, but not attacking as a team.
"I was the one that decided for the signing to be announced. We already knew he would leave Bayern and when he sais he would come to England, I didn't want to look stupid. Therefore, it seemed wise to make it clear."
"If it was great or painful? We had a great drop after the announcement. We were three points behing the leaders and we lost three games, plus the FA Cup."
"I haven't talked to him. If I meet him, hopefully it is in the final in Milan."
"I would love to coach in the Serie A."