Pellegrini, the Engineer Who Failed in Maths [VIDEO]
Federico Farcomeni | 12/12/13 | 5:30 PM EST 0 Comments
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A wrong calculation could cost City dear.


Manchester City is winning 3-2 at European Champions Bayern Munich on Tuesday and if they score one more goal they’ll top their group and avoid a bad draw next Monday in the Last 16. But the Chilean manager takes off a striker and sends a holding midfielder on…

When asked why in the post-match interviews and press conference, the former Malaga head coach sounded like a broken record (at minute number two in the video below), alleging the same explanation again and again. Silva could not play for more than 70 minutes, hence he decided to send Negredo on. But what about taking off Dzeko and send Rodwell on with two minutes left on the clock? Surely Aguero (their best scorer) deserved a chance to take the field earlier and increase City’s chances of going through as group leaders? This would mean avoiding the big guns like Real Madrid, Barcelona, PSG, Atletico Madrid.

The Argentine striker might not have scored, but taking off a forward for a holding midfielder is a clear indication that you want to protect the lead somehow. Which would be fair enough if you were not on the verge of making things even better than expected. To be fair to Pellegrini, nobody predicted City to win at Bayern, let alone with a resounding victory. But as they say, in for a dime, in for a dollar. And nobody was there with a table in their hands.

So did Pellegrini inadvertently really set for a one-goal margin win or was he just sticking with the penny there? Considering that he’s got a degree in engineering, one would assume he had done his homework well. Right? Oh.



By the way, this reminded us of this...

In this Article: MANUEL PELLEGRINI | MANCHESTER CITY | SOCCER | BAYERN MUNICH

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