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Manuel Pellegrini Calls LaLiga a "Disgrace" and Brands it "Slowest League in the World"

By Amreen
Manuel Pellegrini has called LaLiga a 'disgrace'
Manuel Pellegrini has called LaLiga a 'disgrace' / Fran Santiago/Getty Images

Real Betis manager Manuel Pellegrini has branded LaLiga as a "disgrace", claiming that the constant time-wasting and diving makes it the "slowest league in Europe".

The former Manchester City boss took charge of Real Betis in July 2020, and has endured a difficult start to the new season, drawing their first two games against Mallorca and Cadiz 1-1. He led his side to a sixth-place finish and Europa League football last season, and expectations are high this time around, too.

However, Pellegrini has claimed that teams in LaLiga owe it to the fans to improve their game as players spend more time on the floor "play-acting", rather than actually playing.

An angry Pellegrini told his post-match press conference: "We have to make an effort between referees, coaches and players so that La Liga is not this shame because in the referees' meeting they told us that it is the slowest league in Europe.

"People want to watch a show, and we're not giving it to them. The most time-wasting, the most dives, it's a disgrace. There is a show that we have to take care of. People pay a ticket for something."

Cadiz took the lead through Alvaro Negredo's 11th-minute penalty, but Juanmi soon levelled the scores. However, Pellegrini implied that Cadiz parked the bus following their goal, and stated: "Cadiz is a team that only dedicates itself to defending and if they get ahead the difficulty is greater.

"We look for alternatives, but we do not find spaces for the second goal. Cadiz only defend. The last 15 minutes were not played."