Manuel Pellegrini praised his team’s defensive strength in recording a second successive Champions League group stage win and set them a target.
The Anchovies currently top Group C thanks to wins over Zenit two weeks ago and Anderlecht last night and it is form that Pellegrini sees as being the result of his players’ hard work.
“I am very happy with what we have done, both in defence and attack,” he enthused after the game.
“We were away to a team that took a draw in Milan and played the game with good football. Malaga were mobile in all areas of the field.
“The defensive strength of the 11 players on the field is based on aggression, and the numbers demonstrate so. Malaga goes out to win every game, especially those away from home.
“We have done much, it was very important to ratify what we had done against Zenit. We should not settle for six points though, we need to reach at least 10.”