Manuel Pellegrini both enjoyed and disliked his return to the Etihad Stadium.
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The West Ham United manager is perhaps better known as man who guided Manchester City to the 2013-14 Premier League title and a pair of League Cups.
On Wednesday, he returned to his former haunt for the first time as an opposing manager. His Irons lost 1-0 on a controversial penalty awarded to Bernardo Silva, but the Etihad celebrated its “Charming Man.”
“I’m very happy with how the City fans received me. I’m very pleased with what they said. I’m not happy with the result because it was not a penalty. Bernardo Silva threw himself down when he felt a touch. Lanzini had the same thing but didn’t go down, so the referee didn’t whistle.”
Bernardo hit a crowd of men and it was hard to tell whether it was a foul that sent him to the turf, but City was otherwise good value for its slim win. And it’s nice that Pellegrini remains a key figure in City history despite the club’s decision to have him leave in favor of some guy named Pep Guardiola.