Manuel Pellegrini reaches historical record in LaLiga

Against Huesca, at El Alcoraz, the Chilean completed his 350th match in the competition and became the second coach with the most matches directed.

This Monday, Real Betis beat the Huesca for matchday 18 of LaLiga. Although the match was marked by the return to victory of the Heliópolis team, after two games in a row without knowing any celebrations (they fell to Levante and tied in the Sevillian derby), it was a special match for Manuel Pellegrini in El Alcoraz.

And it is that before those of Míchel Sánchez, the Chilean coach reached a historical record in the competition. Before the Azulgranas, the Engineer completed his 350th match and it became the second strategist with the most matches directed in the Spanish First Division. Of the current coaches, the national value It is only surpassed by José Luis Mendilíbar, from Eibar, which registers 415 presentations.

Of the total number of league crosses, the former manager of Manchester City, among other clubs, harvests 174 wins, 77 draws and 99 losses. He was also the second South American coach with the most matches in the history of the domestic tournament, surpassing Roque Olsen, from Argentina, who had 345 commitments. The podium corresponds to Helenio Herrera, with 359.

If we talk about foreign strategists, Pellegrini is the seventh foreign coach in terms of directed matches, behind Ferdinand Daucik (488), JB Toshack (480), Marcel Domingo (455), Radomir Antic (409), Javier Aguirre (377) and Herrera himself. This, in a total of 10 seasons in which he defended Villarreal, Real Madrid, Malaga and the Verdiblancos.

Villarreal 2004-2009 190 / 5
Real Madrid 2009-2010 38 / 1
Málaga 2010-2013 104 / 3
Real Betis 2020- 18 / 1
TOTAL 2004-2020 350 / 10

In GoalTogether with Opta, we review the data of the Chilean, the second South American with the most games in LaLiga history:

  • Pellegrini’s first club in Spain was Villarreal. The Chilean arrived after having directed, in his country, the University of Chile, Palestino, O’Higgins and the Catholic University; in South America, he was the coach of Liga de Quito (Ecuador), San Lorenzo de Almagro (Argentina) and River Plate (Argentina).
  • Pellegrini spent five seasons at Villarreal and, in two of them (2004/2005 and 2007/2008), the yellow team finished the championship in Champions League positions. In the 2005/2006 campaign, the Castellón reached the semifinals of that tournament.
  • In the 2007/2008 season, Villarreal de Pellegrini was second in LaLiga, the best classification of the Yellow Submarine in its history.
  • In the 2009/2010 season, Pellegrini managed Real Madrid. He was second in LaLiga, but registering a winning percentage of 81.58% and averaging 2.53 points per game.
  • Between 2010 and 2013, Pellegrini sat on the substitute bench for Málaga, a team with which he also played in the Champions League, reaching the quarter-finals of the 2012/2013 campaign.
  • In his previous nine LaLiga seasons, Pellegrini was never sacked mid-season. There was only an edition that did not play it in full: it was the 2010/2011 campaign, when he arrived at the Málaga bench on matchday 11, to replace Jesualdo Ferreira.
  • After leaving LaLiga, Manuel Pellegrini went to the Premier League. He ended up at Manchester City, where he spent three seasons, winning the league title in the first of those campaigns (2013/2014).
  • His last experience as a manager in England was managing West Ham. Pellegrini arrived in the European summer of 2018 in the British capital, and spent a season and a half directing the ‘hammers’. In the second season, the Chilean was dismissed after matchday 20, in what was the first dismissal of his career in Europe.


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