Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini has warned his men not to read too much into AC Milan’s poor domestic start to the season and expects a “difficult” Champions League clash on Wednesday (Malaga Evens, Milan 11/4, draw 5/2 – Match Prices with bet365).
The two sides will do battle at La Rosaleda Stadium in midweek with the La Liga outfit top of the Group C table after back-to-back victories over Zenit St Petersburg and Anderlecht (Malaga 10/11 – Group C Winner with bet365).
But things are about to get a lot tougher as they welcome the Serie A giants to Spain for the third match in Europe’s elite club competition.
Malaga have enjoyed an excellent first couple of months of the new campaign and are riding high in third place in the Spanish top flight with 17 points from eight games played.
Conversely, the Rossoneri are still reeling from the loss of so many big players in the summer and have won only twice and lost five games to sit in 15th place in the Serie A standings.
But they have performed better in Europe and are still unbeaten heading into the Malaga match-up and sit second in the table.
Pellegrini is aware of this fact and insists he will be taking nothing for granted against a side that will give little away throughout the 90 minutes.
“It is not for me to talk of Milan,” he said. “They are not going well in the Italian League, but in the Champions League they have won four of six possible points.
“They are going to be very difficult to beat. Milan are undergoing a major cyclical change and that has taken its toll in the League, but they have been better in the Champions League.”