The Chilean landed in the city to change the history of the club and the mentality of a squad that began to believe until they found glory.
There was a big plan from Pellegrini
With the spotlight divided between Joaquín and Borja Iglesias, a coach who changed the history of Betis in just two seasons walked the lawn of La Cartuja in the shadows . Manuel Pellegrini, the architect of the resurrection of a squad that raised as many doubts as despair three seasons ago, was smiling after winning a title that perfectly reflects his work in Heliopolis. Without wanting to focus his sights, from an always prudent speech, the Chilean comes out of this final as the man who changed everything. “We have created a winning mentality,” Canales assured this newspaper in the run-up to the final. “And Pellegrini is very much to blame for that.” After 17 years without savoring the honey of a title, Betis surrenders to the figure of its coach and his ability to turn the transcendental into normality. “From Tuesday we will try to work to try to reach the Champions League positions,” he said minutes after achieving victory in the penalty shootout against Valencia. His ambition varied from the comfortable lines of previous projects. He traced new paths that lit the light of some players and made the entire Betis fans blink. The plan. This is what players and fans have called it for months. And the Engineer’s plan found as a result a step forward in the desire to break the history of the Verdiblanco club.
Future is in the hands of the coach
The Chilean knows it, insisting on his intention to continue in the Verdiblanco team fulfilling his contract despite the fact that offers jump on the table from afar. Angel Haro, president of Betis, knows this, handing over the keys to the coach so that he could build foundations as solid as those he had drawn at Villarreal or Málaga. Fate wanted his first title in Spain to come now. Betis surrendered to its power to multiply the competitiveness of a team. “His idea of him never changed. Not even when things weren’t going well,” Canales asserted. And Pellegrini wants more. He even measured the real ceiling of a team that he believed in again 17 years later.