Malaga players are remaining upbeat despite the 2-0 friendly defeat to Juventus in Salerno.
A brace from Alessandro Matri was enough to see off a spirited Malaga team that was playing with the knowledge it may well be dismantled as players need to be sold to pay off club debts.
However, Argentine defender Martin Demichelis [pictured] praised the attitude of his teammates in what is a difficult time for everybody connected with the Costa del Sol outfit.
“Given the circumstances over the past few days I think it was a great act of professionalism the squad decided to come here and play against the Italian champions, who are a powerful team,” he told assembled media after the game.
“We created a lot of opportunities and it was important to put on a good performance before the Champions League qualifying round, no matter who we come up against.
“Although we did not convert our chances it is the way for us to achieve something important.”
Midfielder Enzo Maresca, meanwhile, feels it is vital Los Blanquiazules keep hold of boss Manuel Pellegrini in spite of rumours the Chilean could be on his way out of the club as one of its high earners.
“For us he is fundamental, as were Santi Cazorla and Jose Salomon Rondon who have both been sold out of necessity, but the boss is a very important part of this club,” said the Italian, who was handed the captain’s armband for the game played in his home province.