Arsene Wenger hailed Manuel Pellegrini’s dignity while at Manchester City.
The Chilean football manager hasn’t had the easiest season at City. In February, the club announced that Bayern Munich boss, Pep Guardiola, would be joining next season and Pellegrini has soldiered on, doing what he can, despite knowing that it doesn’t matter that much. It must be hard to remain professional in such circumstances, no matter how amicable his dismissal from City has been.
“I believe he has shown great dignity and great human qualities during his time here,” Arsene Wenger said ahead of what will be Pellegrini’s last ever home game.
“I believe he is respected by everyone in the Premier League and certainly by myself.”
City go into the match against Arsenal at the Etihad needing three points if they’re going to be within a good chance of finishing third. We’re three points ahead but behind on goal difference so if we can nab the three points, just like we did in the reverse fixture earlier in the season (2-1), we’ve got that coveted automatic progression to the Champions League group stages spot.
Just because Pellegrini, in theory, has nothing to gain or lose from the match, he’s a professional and a competitor and I’m sure he’ll want the victory just as much as any other.