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Málaga poise impresses goalscorer Duda

Published: Wednesday 5 December 2012, 8.39CET
"The most important thing this team has shown over all six games has been our attitude," said Duda after Málaga CF ended Group C unbeaten with a 2-2 draw against RSC Anderlecht.
by Graham Hunter
from La Rosaleda
Published: Wednesday 5 December 2012, 8.39CET

Málaga poise impresses goalscorer Duda

"The most important thing this team has shown over all six games has been our attitude," said Duda after Málaga CF ended Group C unbeaten with a 2-2 draw against RSC Anderlecht.

After scoring twice in a 2-2 Group C draw against RSC Anderlecht, Duda said Málaga CF's daunting mix of defiance, confidence and talent will make them a match for anyone in the UEFA Champions League round of 16. Anderlecht, meanwhile, are heading out of Europe on a high note.

Duda, Málaga midfielder
I think the most important thing this team has shown over all six games has been our attitude. We've demonstrated a hunger to win, right from the first minute of every match. That's the reason we are clear winners of Group C.

Tonight I'm happy because I scored twice, but I'm still more pleased for the entire squad. We've laid on another terrific performance, we've emphasised how much we deserved to qualify, despite having made it through before kick off, and we've achieved some more economic benefits for the club.

Whoever we get now in the draw for the knockout round – I don't really care. We'll just play our own game as we've done throughout the group. There's always room for improvement, but if the team keeps working this hard we'll achieve our objectives and the results will come along. It's a shame we've lost Jérémy Toulalan, especially after he came back from a long injury. But there are guys who are working hard to do his job if they are required to. We all hope he gets better as soon as possible.

Carlos Kameni, Málaga goalkeeper
Nobody thought we could achieve what we have in this group. It's a very major success. Every Group C game, home and away, we've gone out to win. I don't think many sides went through the group stage unbeaten, but that's what we've done. We can always do some things better and we're open to listening to what the coach says about that. I suppose that because the Champions League is so special, sometimes it's a bit hard when you have to return to league football. You don't mean it to happen, but perhaps the tension and the intensity drops just a little. However, this is Málaga's first time in the Champions League and I believe that over time the group simply becomes accustomed to doing well in Europe then not dropping the level at all in the championship.

The draw for the next round? Whoever we get, we get. It doesn't matter. We'll go out strongly, playing to win and sticking to our ideas until the end. No matter how big a name we might face the key thing is that we go out, committed, switched on and well prepared.

Milan Jovanović, Anderlecht forward
We could have won this match. If we look back at all the games this season, I think we only played really badly at home against Málaga. They destroyed us. But in all the rest we did very well. And I think that everyone associated with Anderlecht can be very proud of our performances. With just a little bit more luck we'd be in the next round of this tournament, never mind the UEFA Europa League.

This has been a very big experience especially for our young players who are the future of this club. But I think that it's also very good for Belgian football because it's one step forward. Finally Anderlecht played in a way which was faithful to our reputation as a big European club with a major tradition.

Lucas Biglia, Anderlecht midfielder
We leave the tournament with the feeling that there were some positives from how we played, not only tonight but in most of our matches. Before we scored, we had three or four big chances which we didn't take. But when you play against a rival of this quality you pay for even the smallest errors.

However, I still say that if you look at the level we play at then, in context, how we've done in the Champions League this season is a decent achievement. We knew our task tonight but we also needed Zenit not to win, as they did. Now our job is to try and win the Belgian league again to come back in this competition next season.

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