If the balance against Barça of the coach of the last rival who faced the Catalans, Unai Emery with Villarreal, is rather devastating -only two victories in 28 duels- it is not to shoot rockets that of Manuel Pellegrini, who visits the Camp Nou with Betis this Saturday, at least with regard to the most recent precedents. And it is that although the 68-year-old Chilean coach has harvested the win in four of the 28 times he has faced Barça, all with Villarreal, he hasn’t been able to do it for more than a decade. The last one was in March 2008, when he beat the then team led by Frank Rijkaard at the Camp Nou.
Since then, with Real Madrid, Málaga, Manchester City and Betis, he has only added two draws. The last one, moreover, was almost a decade ago, in January 2013, in the first leg of the Copa del Rey quarterfinals with Málaga at the Camp Nou (2-2) and it did not end up being worth to pass to the round since On the return leg, at the Rosaleda, the Catalans, with Tito Vilanova on the bench, won 2-4 and went on to the semifinals, where they lost to Real Madrid.
Eight consecutive defeats accumulate then Pellegrini in his confrontations with Barça. To that 2-4 in the Copa del Rey, he was followed, still when he was leading Málaga, by a 4-1 in the last league match of the 2012/13 season. As a Manchester City manager, Pellegrini lost in his four duels against Barça, who won with Tata Martino (0-2 and 2-1) the 2013/14 season, and with Luis Enrique in the following (1-2 and 1-0), both times in the knockout stages of the Champions League. Already at Betis, last season the Catalans also won both LaLiga games, scoring at the Camp Nou (5-2) and winning at Villamarín thanks to a goal in the last minutes from Trincao (23).
Pellegrini against Barça
WITH THE VILLARREAL (2004-2009)
4 wins, 3 draws and 5 losses
WITH REAL MADRID (2009-2010)
WITH MÁLAGA (2010-2013)
7 defeats and 1 draw
WITH THE MANCHESTER CITY (2013-2015)
WITH THE BETIS (2020-)