Pellegrini is under the spotlight after his side’s disastrous Copa del Rey defeat.
Real coach Pellegrini feels heat
Real Madrid coach Manuel Pellegrini is under intense pressure after his side’s humiliating 4-0 defeat to third-flight minnows Alcorcon in the Spanish Cup.
Real have struggled without the Portuguese star, but fielded a strong side at Alcorcon including strikers Karim Benzema and Raul. Defensive frailties again cost them dear and they were behind after 16 minutes when Francisco Borja scored. Alvaro Arbeloa scored a disastrous 22nd own goal to put the home side 2-0 ahead and in the 40th the unmarked Ernesto Gomez tapped home a third. Borja scored his second and Alcorcon’s fourth early in the second half and they comfortably held out against the assorted Real stars. “The truth is that it feels like a dream,” Borja said. But defeat for Real was a nightmare for Pellegrini, who reportedly was involved with a halftime argument with midfield favorite Guti. They trail arch-rivals Barcelona by three points going into Saturday’s match against Getafe and with Pellegrini’s job on the line.