Malaga defender Martin Demichelis admits his team is hungry for glory after the club’s impressive start to this season.
Los Blanquiazules lost their unbeaten La Liga record with a 2-1 away defeat to Atletico Madrid last week, yet third in the table and two successive Champions League group victories have given Demichelis a taste for the times he enjoyed when he was a Bayern Munich player.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men take on Milan in Europe’s premier competition next week, but Argentine international Demichelis maintains people should not be getting carried away just yet.
“We are aware of who we are and it would be foolish to think that because of two Champions League victories we are already qualified,” he told a Press conference.
“Any one of the other two teams in our group [Anderlecht and Zenit St Petersburg] besides Milan could win their next two games and be equal on points with us.
“In the League we’ll just have to see where we end up but we have a hunger for success that a team needs to triumph, with a defined system of play and clear ideas.
“We are doing better than last season and the bar has been raised, not by us but the media.”
Malaga take on Real Valladolid at La Rosaleda on Saturday evening and Demichelis insists it would be wrong to be thinking of the Milan game before taking on El Pucela.
“Malaga are starting to be a team that will fight every year to be in the Champions League, so we can’t afford to neglect our League form,” he maintained, before commenting on Robinho’s absence through injury for the Milan fixture.
“He is a key player but I’m more worried about getting our injured players back. If we go out with a full squad and continue working as we have been doing then we will put up a good fight against Milan,” he concluded.