Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz has said that former Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini is one of the coolest men in football. Pellegrini recently took over as the manager of Manchester city – Santa Cruz’ former club. He has come over from Malaga after doing a stellar job with the Spanish club with limited resources.
He managed to almost get them into the semifinals of the Champions League only to be beaten by Borussia Dortmund with a controversial goal last season. City have not been out of the headlines under Pellegrini, as they have been struggling in the league.
Despite qualifying for the last 16 stage of the Champions league for the first time, Pellegrini is under pressure due to poor away form in the domestic competitions. Santa Cruz, though, is under the opinion that Pellegrini will be able to rectify this sooner rather than later because he is one of the most patient in football. City will be taking on Chelsea in an away match, which is expected to spell more troubles for the former champions. Santa Cruz reckons that City will be able to get a result against their title rivals due to the calmness surrounding Pellegrini.
“He’s a qualified engineer, an educated man and someone with a huge amount of patience. He will never rush into a decision. He will do his homework, consider all his options before deciding what to do. He came to me before joining City and asked about the dressing room. He takes a lot of care when it comes to making sure how healthy the dressing room is. His greatest strength is remaining relaxed and calm. His best quality is this, dealing with so many big stars,” said Santa Cruz.
The Paraguayan striker made the permanent move away from Manchester City in the summer after a few loan spells.