According to the Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini, Leicester City will not be able to maintain their place at the top of the EPL long term.
Pellegrini believes that Leicester’s success may turn out to be a mere flash in the pan: “I do not think [Leicester being top] is a lesson. They are a very well-organised team with very few injuries. They have great merit, but I do not think they will remain at the top for eight or 10 years. All big teams have money at their base. What Leicester have done, I think, is similar to what we did with Villarreal when we finished second [in La Liga in 2007-08].”
The coach who will be replaced by Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium next season, believes the EPL sets an example in a number of areas that LaLiga could follow: “[The Premier League] is an experience that no major coach should miss. The organisation is perfect, a show for the fans and for television, and the support of the people is impressive: all the stadiums are always full, in any competition.”
Pellegrini continued:“Stadium attendance [could be replicated in Spain]. Real Madrid and Barcelona fill theirs, but people here support their club a lot more, no matter how the team is doing. It could also take a better distribution of televisionrights – here all clubs have money to buy. When I arrived in Spain, there were seven very important clubs, the league was much more competitive.”