PRIMERA MATCH REPORT

Primera Week 11 - 10 Nov 2012 (21.00 UK)
Malaga 1 - 2 Real Sociedad
Saviola 36 (M); Vela 1 (RS), Xabi Prieto 59 (RS)
Estadio La Rosaleda

Manuel Pellegrini and Philippe Montanier were in agreement on Saturday night - Malaga were poor in defeat to Real Sociedad.

The Costa del Sol outfit fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to La Real to follow up on the previous week’s home defeat to Rayo Vallecano.

“We have a lot to improve on, but I have a few ideas as solutions,” reflected a more downbeat Pellegrini at the post-match Press conference.

“We have dropped six straight points at home because we did not play well in either game. We lacked freshness and clarity of ideas against very tight defences. I also see no chance of further players coming in winter.

“Without playing great games, our opponents have beaten us. I think the emotional aspect has taken its toll. Now we have a week to recover, we will come good. We return to the League in the best possible way.”

For Montanier, the win alleviates some of the pressure on his position, as it is a first away from home in the League since January 2012.

“We played well. It is true that Malaga have played a lot of games, one very difficult one in Milan. We have played a good game and noticed that Malaga were also a little tired,” Montanier remarked afterwards.

“We needed a win. The most important thing is the team, not me. The attacking set-up and its players worked. I like to play well.

“We had the right attitude and concentration for 90 minutes. The team has maintained a high level. Today, we found that little bit that we had lacked in other games to win.

“The victory is important after 10 months without an away win. I hope it’s the start of a great run.”


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