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Pellegrini calls for more from Málaga

Published: Wednesday 7 November 2012, 0.30CET
Manuel Pellegrini wants Málaga CF's "winning mentality" to drive them onto greater things after making the last 16 with a draw against AC Milan, for whom Pato earned praise.

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Published: Wednesday 7 November 2012, 0.30CET

Pellegrini calls for more from Málaga

Manuel Pellegrini wants Málaga CF's "winning mentality" to drive them onto greater things after making the last 16 with a draw against AC Milan, for whom Pato earned praise.

Massimiliano Allegri, Milan coach
All Champions League games are difficult. We had to keep a high tempo but of course when you play every three days that's not easy. The players had a good game and even though we made some mistakes in the second half I can't complain. We have to do better in the league and fight until the last game of the group in Europe.

I decided to substitute Stephan El Shaarawy because he's playing a lot and he can't always be at his best. Pato had a good game and his goal will be beneficial for him. It was important for us and it will be important for him, because he needs to regain confidence. He played the whole 90 minutes and that will do him good.

We need to be more precise, we need to improve because sometimes we still make mistakes. However, the team are already doing better and we went for the win tonight. Don't forget that we had four players between 20 and 22 who played the whole game.

Manuel Pellegrini, Málaga coach
The praise should be reserved for the players as they execute our style of play. This team have a winning mentality. There are different times to control the game, and it takes a significant mental strength.

We have achieved our target after matchday four in a group where some people described us as nothing more than also-rans. We've qualified in a difficult stadium after a difficult match. Now we want to be first in the section. We are very happy. When you achieve a goal, it is very satisfying, but we are not content with reaching the knockout phase. We want to go as far as our football allows. If a better team beat us because they have more quality then there is nothing we can do.

Last updated: 27/11/12 9.49CET

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