Weligton wants smart Malaga

Malaga centre-back Weligton has urged his teammates to be streetwise heading into Basque Country this weekend to face Athletic Bilbao.

The San Mames club have endured a difficult start to the season, but 33-year-old Weligton is anticipating a tough test on Sunday.

“Malaga must be smart, try to play and cause anxiety amongst the home support, because Athletic otherwise know how to play, even if they are going through a difficult patch,” he reflected to the Press today.

“We need to be in the field with the correct mentality, endure the first few minutes and try to find the goal to escape with a win.”

The Brazilian then reflected on the fact his side arrive for Sunday’s fixture second in the League and off the back of a debut Champions League group stage win.

“All teams would like to be in a moment as sweet and nice as the one we are currently experiencing. I hope it lasts as long as possible, although I know that this would be very difficult and complicated.

“Malaga had many problems in the summer, especially economic, that no-one expected. Now we are second in the League and first in our Champions League group.

“Even so, we know that what counts is the end. The players are psyched and believe that we can go a lot further in every competition.”

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