Many attribute Manchester City’s success to the players that the club has brought in since the influx of cash came in a few years back. Sergio Agüero, Yaya Toure, David Silva, and Raheem Sterling have all been players that Manchester City fans look to as not only stars, but as the players who have revolutionized the club into a powerhouse.
While all credit can be given to former manager and current Inter Milan boss Roberto Mancini for bringing the first two bits of silverware back to the club with an FA Cup back in the 2010/11 season and an EPL title in the 2011/12 season in the most dramatic of fashions. However, even with that success, City has really burst onto the world stage under Manuel Pellegrini’s reign.
Pellegrini came in after a trophy less 2012/13 season under Mancini from La Liga side Malaga during the summer. In his first season, Pellegrini led a Vincent Kompany captained side to a Premier League table and a Capital One Cup. Although Pellegrini struggled to win silverware for the club until yesterday’s Capital One Cup final against Liverpool, it’s safe to say his stint at the club has been a success.
In 150 matches for the club, Pellegrini has 94 wins, 21 draws, and 35 losses. As we crunch the numbers we see that he can has a 62.7 win percentage at City. That is the highest win percentage of any manager at the club (Wikipedia Table). The club has made it further than they ever have in the Champions League with Pellegrini in charge. The club has already set a club record by making it into the round of 16, but with a 3-1 away win against Dynamo Kyiv, the Quarterfinals seem all but sealed.
Pellegrini has announced that he is leaving in the summer to make way for current Bayern Munich and former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola to come into the club. Even though Manchester City fans will be excited at the arrival of Guardiola, do not overlook what Pellegrini has done for the club. He has not only revitalized City into an attacking powerhouse both in England and in Europe, but has brought the club to where City wants to be, World Class.
With the Capital One Cup in hand, it is only fitting that the Chilean leave the club the way he began. The treble is still on for the team with both the EPL and Champions League to fight for. Time to see what Pellegrini can do before he leaves this summer. Could he become the next manager for Valencia or Chelsea? Time will tell, but for know let’s appreciate what he has been doing in Manchester.