Weligton: Madrid still Madrid

Weligton has acknowledged that Real Madrid ‘are not at their best’ but says that they will push Malaga all the way come Saturday afternoon.

Week 9’s round of fixtures kicks off with the Anchovies’ trip into the capital to play a Madrid side under scrutiny for early season inconsistency.

Whilst recognising his opponents’ dip in form, Malaga’s experienced centre-back is aware of what is required from him and his teammates.

“Real Madrid are not at their best, but they are still Real Madrid,” considered Weligton this week.

“We will have to play our best match in Madrid. Playing at home, they know that they cannot fail as they are already five points behind Barcelona.

“We need to make sure we play our best football, impose our rhythm of play and come home with a positive result.

“The team is capable of achieving big things this season.  The Coach and his entire coaching team are excited about the future and we’re determined to reach European positions.”

The defender was asked of any suspicions Malaga may have about the referee favouring Real Madrid.

“These things have been going on for many years. You on the outside can see it better than us, even as we know that we cannot talk about it much and that we just have to dedicate ourselves to the game and to playing good football.”

This weekend’s fixture reunites Malaga with last season’s star man Isco, now on the books at Madrid.

“It will be special to see him before the game, but when the ball starts rolling each will defend their club.

“We’ve got so much respect for him, whilst I believe that he will one day return to defend our colours.

“But every player needs to do the best for their club and we’ve got three very important points to win.”

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