Pellegrini RUBBISHES Leicester Miracle

Outgoing Manchester City manager, Manuel Pellegrini has rubbished the much-talked about ‘Leicester Miracle’ as a flash in the pan.

The outgoing Chilean boss has insisted that the Foxes won’t be able to maintain their place at the top of the Premier League long term because they do not have enough money.

He said: “I do not think [Leicester being top] is a lesson. They are a very well-organised team with very few injuries.

“They have great merit, but I do not think they will remain at the top for eight or 10 years. All big teams have money at their base.

“What Leicester have done, I think, is similar to what we did with Villarreal when we finished second [in La Liga in 2007-08].”

Pellegrini could not disguise his admiration for the Premier League, which he suggests sets an example in a number of areas that La Liga could follow.

He told El Mundo: “[The Premier League] is an experience that no major coach should miss.

“The organisation is perfect, a show for the fans and for television, and the support of the people is impressive: all the stadiums are always full, in any competition.

“Stadium attendance [could be replicated in Spain]. Real Madrid and Barcelona fill theirs, but people here support their club a lot more, no matter how the team is doing.

“It could also take a better distribution of television rights here all clubs have money to buy. When I arrived in Spain there were seven very important clubs, the league was much more competitive.”

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