Pellegrini on ‘very dangerous’ Betis

Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini has called Saturday's opponents Real Betis 'a great team with a consistent philosophy.'

The 59-year-old is full of praise for Pepe Mel's side, and also had glowing words for Mel himself.

“The results have shown that Betis are a very dangerous team,” Pellegrini told a press conference today.

“I do not think they will have trouble recovering [from the 4-2 loss to Atletico Madrid on Wednesday] because their performance was so good.

“They are a great team, that stick to their footballing philosophy.”

The Chilean gave an update on Los Boquerones fitness issues.

“Jeremy Toulalan and Julio Baptista will be absent. But we are trying to cope without these players as well as possible. The team is ready, and has been from the start of the season.”

Pellegrini also commented on the refereeing controversy that surrounded Betis' defeat to Atleti, denying it would impact upon the game tomorrow.

“I do not have to be afraid . I expect good decision-making for both teams.”

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