Real Betis: Manuel Pellegrini, the engineer who dressed as an architect

Few coaches can top what he’s doing. Manuel Pellegrini in Spain in the last decade. The engineer has dressed as an architect to design a team capable of competing on any stage, exceeding its own limits and being close to signing one of the best seasons in its history, being far from the great squads that Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Seville and Atletico Madrid.

The Real Betis Balompie It is one of the sensations of the current season in La Liga and one of the best teams in European football. Third in La Liga (40 points in 22 games), qualified for the semifinals of the Copa del Rey and the round of 16 of the UEFA Europa League, where they will face Zenit Saint Petersburg. But, beyond their numbers, they are a team that stands out for their game and ability to adapt to any scenario.

The engineer who was visited as an architect

Pellegrini built a structure that strengthens its main figures (Sergio Canales, Juanmi, Nabil Fekir…) and that raises the competitive bar with an organization without the ball capable of limiting any rival. Activating soccer players who were not dragging their best level and putting together a squad faithful to their idea of ​​the game, which can change due to the context of the match.

A clear example is the match against Real Sociedad for the Copa del Rey quarterfinals. Pellegrini opted for a team and a much more reactive posture, without leaving his 4-2-2-2 or 4-2-3-1, in order to face a Basque team that stands out for its way of attacking with speed. He had less possession of the ball, but much more sharp in attack with which he managed to punish his rival every time they were exposed. Traits that are a bit different from the dynamics that the team bets on every weekend (dominant with the ball with a lot of positional attack and movements of its pieces to activate free spaces).

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We do not know the roof of Pellegrini’s Betis or if he will be able to play metal at the end of the season, but there is no doubt that he is one of the main entertainers of Spanish and European football with a game idea faithful to his coach

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