Spaniards in confident mood ahead of Champions League return with Porto.
High-flying La Liga outfit Malaga believe that they have the qualities to overcome Portuguese title holders FC Porto in the second leg of their Champions League last 16 clash on Wednesday night.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side trail the visitors, who have won Europe’s premier club competition on two previous occasions, 1-0 following the first leg at the Dragao three weeks ago, but the experienced Chilean coach believe his team have what it takes to progress to the last eight.
“It’s a different match, it’s a 180 minutes match and 90 have been played. We are disadvantaged and we have to reverse the score over the next ninety minutes,” said Pellegrini in his pre-match press conference.
“I don’t think Porto will change his way of playing. It’s a team with very defined mechanics, with players of character, and I think they are going to play their football like they did in every match in the group stage. So we don’t expect Porto to defend an advantage.”