Manuel Pellegrini calls La Liga “DISGRACE” because it “has the most time lost, the most dives”
Manuel Pellegrini calls La Liga quality “DISGRACE” because of having “the most time lost, the most dives” and the Real Betis manager says this makes Spain’s top flight the “slowest league of Europe “
- Manuel Pellegrini launched a sensational attack on the league he leads in
- Real Betis boss says La Liga a ‘disgrace’ due to his dive and waste of time
- Pellegrini says Spain’s top flight is one of the slowest European leagues
- Former Man City and West Ham boss started this season with two draws
Real Betis manager Manuel Pellegrini called La Liga “a shame” as its waste of time and constant dives make it “the slowest league in Europe”.
The former Manchester City and West Ham manager has had a difficult start to the season with the Spanish club, drawing 1-1 in his first two games of the season against Mallorca and Cadiz.
Betis played Friday night’s deadlock with Cadiz in front of 23,000 fans at their Benito Villamarin stadium, but Pellegrini says Spain sides owe it to fans to improve their behavior as players spend too much time on the pitch.
Manuel Pellegrini called La Liga “a shame” because there is too much wasted time and diving
Real Betis manager says constant takedowns make La Liga the slowest league
An angry Pellegrini said in his post-match press conference: “We have to make an effort between the referees, the coaches and the players so that La Liga is not so ashamed because at the referees meeting, they told us it was the slowest league in Europe.
“People want to watch a show, and we don’t give it to them. The more time-consuming, the more plunging, it’s a shame.
“There is a show we need to deal with. People pay a ticket for something.
Pellegrini says Spanish clubs and players owe returning fans to ‘put on a show’
Betis’ draw against Cadiz saw the opposing team take a penalty in the opening seven minutes when Anthony Lozano found himself on the ground in the box as he attempted to get around goalkeeper R Rafa Silva .
Former City forward Alvaro Negredo, who Pellegrini worked with at the Etihad stadium, scored on the spot after his initial penalty was saved by Silva, but he was asked to be retaken as Betis’ goal was too far from his line on the first attempt.
Juanmi equalized for Betis just over ten minutes later with a close range header and as the home side knocked on the door for the rest of the day in an attempt to complete the turnaround, Pellegrini was again frustrated.
Pellegrini’s Betis have been frustrated with two 1-1 draws against Mallorca and Cadiz this season
Things don’t get any easier for Betis next weekend, as Pellegrini’s men face Real Madrid at home on Saturday night in a bid to win their first three points of the season.
The Chilean coach’s comments about La Liga come just weeks after La Liga lost its biggest star, Lionel Messi, as the Argentine was forced to leave Barcelona earlier this month due to club financial problems.
The 34-year-old has since signed a two-year contract with French club Paris Saint-Germain on a £ 1million-a-week deal, but has yet to make his debut for the League giants 1.