When Arsenal faces Spanish side Villareal in the quarter finals of the Champions League tomorrow night, the London club will be playing a team managed a civil engineer.
Villareal manager Manuel Pellegrini gained his civil engineering qualifications over a period of seven years while playing as a professional footballer in his native Chile.
Of his non-footballing profession, he told the BBC: “It’s a profession that firstly teaches you to think, and secondly, to put things in an order of priorities with a logical sequence to solve problems.”
In he previous interviews Pellegrini has described himself as a rational person, something that he has found at odds with the highly charged emotional atmosphere of professional football matches.
Villareal will play Arsenal at the Estadio El Madrigal tomorrow night at 7.45pm.