Celta Vigo captain Borja Oubina believes Malaga pose a great threat in Saturday’s La Liga opener despite their troubles at La Rosaleda.
The Costa del Sol club are in turmoil following owner Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani’s decision to put the club up for sale, with players, staff and other clubs having been owed money.
However, despite losing Santi Cazorla, Jose Salomon Rondon, Joris Mathijsen and Apono within the space of two weeks, Oubina still feels Manuel Pellegrini’s men will be at 100 per cent for the clash at Balaidos.
“Malaga’s problems do not concern us but at times the pre-season can be difficult and it is not easy to work.
“Even so, when you are on the pitch the only thing you are thinking of is football,” said the 30-year-old, who has been with the Galicians his entire professional career apart from a brief loan spell with Birmingham City.
“Malaga have an important Champions League qualifier four days later and that could be a distraction, although at the start of the season it shouldn’t be like that and they will still be a great threat.”