Monday 18 December 2017

Patience is name of game for Malaga

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini wants his players to control their nerves and play with patience and intelligence when they attempt to overturn a 1-0 deficit at home to Porto in their Champions League last 16 second leg.

Qatar-owned Malaga are making their debut in Europe's elite club competition this season but have a tough task to secure a place in the last eight after losing to the 2004 winners in last month's first leg in Portugal.

"We have to know how to deal with any nerves," Pellegrini said.

"An excess of anxiety leads you to make mistakes. It will be important to try to score from the first minute but we have to remember we have 90 minutes to achieve this. We will try to play a balanced game."

The match at the Rosaleda stadium is only the second meeting between the two sides and features two of the meanest defences in European competition.

Malaga conceded only five goals in six games on their way to winning Group C ahead of AC Milan, while Porto let in just four goals to finish second in Group A behind Paris St Germain.

Meanwhile, Hamit Altintop scored a stunning 30-metre goal to set Galatasaray on the way to a 3-2 win at Schalke 04 which sent them into the quarter-finals last night. The Turkish side went through 4-3 on aggregate after handing Schalke their first defeat of the competition.

Malaga v Porto, Live, Setanta Irl/Sky Sports 4, 7.45

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