Manuel Pellegrini blamed the pitch at La Rosaleda as his Malaga side drew, whilst Paco Herrera was satisfied with a point.
An early Martin Demichelis goal gave the Andalusian side the advantage, but with 15 minutes to go Augusto Fernandez struck to ensure a share of the points.
And the Chilean Coach was quick to poor scorn on the playing surf.
“We would have like to add three more points,” he told a Press conference. “But if you cannot win, it's better to draw than lose.
“I believe that the state of the pitch affected us – it's like an ice rink out there.
“It has to be change urgently. Twenty players were all falling over throughout the match. The pitch just isn't suitable for football.
“Apart from that issue, I thought we were playing good football, and we controlled the game well.
“But we just lacked creation in the final third – that's why we didn't win the game.”
Herrera meanwhile was pleased with his team’s performance against a top-four contender.
“I think we've shown here that we are a strong side,” he told a Press conference. “We tried to attack Malaga and had some good chances.
“They are a great team – you only have to look where they are in the table to see that.
“The pitch was always going to hurt them because they like to get the ball down and play football.
“But it didn't help us either because we like to treat the ball well. It was bad for both teams.”
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