The former Man City boss doesn’t think that his title will be taken away despite allegations about Man City
Former Manchester City head coach Manuel Pellegrini thinks his Premier League title with Manchester City “can’t be taken away”.
Allegations against Man City go as far back as the 2009-10 season. Pellegrini, who is now at Real Betis, won the Premier League with Man City in the 2013-14 season. He also won two EFL Cups before being replaced by Pep Guardiola.
Pellegrini: best football is played in Spain
“That league can’t be taken away because it’s been lived – with your fans, at the ground,” Pellegrini told the Guardian. “You were at Wembley, you lifted a cup.
“Could there be some legal means? I hope not, that everything gets clarified.
“But that can’t be taken from you. Imagine they take the trophy away, I don’t think the runner-up now feels like the champion.
“Football is the moment. You win on the pitch.”
Pellegrini refused to accept that his club’s spending was unfair at the time he was there.
He added: “The criticism is unfair. If there had been an astronomical difference, then maybe, but Chelsea were spending a fortune, Manchester United were spending a fortune, Liverpool, Arsenal.
“The work City did was very good; it’s not just related to money.
“For example, they swapped Mancini for me for football reasons. And then [when I left], they said: if it’s not Guardiola, it’s you. You work for three years, Guardiola comes; there’s continuity.
“Other big clubs invested but couldn’t do that. We’ve seen teams come up, spend £100m, go down again.”
In Pellegrini’s title-winning season, City spent a reported £90million on players such as Fernandinho, Stevan Jovetic and Alvaro Negredo.
Pellegrini conceded that the Premier League’s spending is its strength. However, he claimed that the best football is played in Spain.
“City, United, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea, Tottenham, now Newcastle, could all compete for the league,” Pellegrini said.
“The distribution of money is better, the amount generated. In Spain, the gap is significant.
“England is the best league, but the best football is played in Spain.
“Look at the Champions League, and Real Madrid or Barcelona are champions. In the Europa League, Villarreal and Sevilla.”