Pellegrini’s ‘Ludicrous’ Dream
Man City boss Manuel Pellegrini has dropped jaws by announcing he wants to win FOUR trophies in his debut season at the Eithad Stadium – but wouldn’t YOU say the same thing?
January 15th, 2014
Pellegrini shocked the footballing world by saying that his side, and I quote, “will try” to do The Quadruple between now and the World Cup – a huge statement of intent for sure, but not one which necessarily vows to sweep the competition aside at home and abroad.
Manchester City are still in the hunt for every competition that they’ve entered this season – 6-0 up ahead of a League Cup semi-final second leg, in the last 16 of the Champions League and only one point off top spot in the Premier League – with all the impressive displays his team have shown to get this far, why should he display anything other than optimism?
With an FA Cup third-round replay against Blackburn Rovers tonight, there’s a fairly unrealistic chance that the Chilean’s aim could be over as soon as it has begun, but all Pellegrini is essentially guilty of, dreamer that he is, is wanting to win games as the manager; wanting to be good at his job. And with the sheer quality of players at his disposal, there’s nothing wrong with saying that you WANT to continue that success.
“We know that during the season, with injuries and the amount of games you have to play, it is very difficult – that’s why nobody has done it before. But I think we must have the mentality to try to do it.”
Encouraging a winning mentality for his talented players? How dare he???
“The most important thing for this team is to try and have the mentality that it doesn’t matter what competition you are playing, it’s important to play well and to try to win.”
Maybe it’s just the typical media spin brought on by people who want the man to fail, but I can see absolutely nothing wrong with setting a lofty goal; if you don’t make it, well it’s lofty so nobody will mind too much, but if you succeed – and in this case become the first ever side to win a league, FA Cup, League Cup and Champions League in one season – then you’ll look like a proper visionary and a genius to boot.
And with that 6-0 lead going into the second leg of the Capital One Cup semi – well, maybe that’s the game where you give your best players a bit of a rest.
Mark my words on this one, my friends: the man WILL (try to) win all four trophies this season.