The former boss of Real Madrid, Malaga, and Manchester City, among others, believes that his new side should be challenging for European places.

Manuel Pellegrini – new boss of Real Betis

Manuel Pellegrini was introduced as the new Real Betis head coach on Monday. The former boss of Real Madrid, Malaga, and Manchester City, among others, believes that his new side should be challenging for European places. Los Verdiblancos hoped for big things at the start of the season, but instead are currently in 13th place. “Although the results were not adequate, institutional progress was made, which should be accompanied by local results,” he said during his press conferences. “We will contribute by our experience to get the best out of the team and be committed to the players. It is everyone’s job, we are on the same boat, and the goals are more feasible to achieve this, with a winning mentality, because it is a team that must fight for European places.”

Pellegrini is happy to manage his former players at the new club

Pellegrini is pleased to be reunited with the club legend Joaquin, a player he coached during a successful spell with Malaga and several others. “Joaquin’s career speaks for itself,” he stated. “At 38 or 39, he can change the situation, having scored eight goals this season. I am pleased to coach him again. We had a great season together at Malaga. He brings experience, personality, joy, and he will be important for the dressing room. I do not doubt that he can still bring a lot to Betis. I am happy to be with him again, like with Juanmi, who I had at Malaga, and Sergio Canales, with whom I was at Real Madrid, and Javi Garcia at Manchester City. According to his playing style, Pellegrini said that he wanted to provide both results and entertainment. “I would like Betis to play well, and we must first win,” he said.

“Then, there are different ways to do this. My teams always had similar characteristics, a team that scores goals. People who come to see the team do not always win 1-0, but by the most goals. With the characteristics of the composition, we are going to try to create a winning team that pleases.”