Deportivo vs Malaga

Domingos Pacienca debuts as Deportivo La Coruna Coach with a rather daunting encounter against Malaga at Riazor.

Former Braga boss Pacienca was brought in to replace the sacked Jose Luis Oltra during the winter break. Segunda Division champs Depor are bottom of La Liga with only two wins to their name all season, not to mention the financial crisis which continues to threaten their very existence.

“It is important that Depor stay in La Primera and for that there must be commitment from all, because it is hard and difficult, but I am motivated and that is why I am here,” stated the Portuguese tactician at his unveiling.

Malaga have enjoyed a much better campaign results wise but have had similar off field problems to contend with, the fine and ban from European competition handed out by UEFA recently sparking fears of another fire sale.

“I am disappointed by a decision I consider unfair,” commented director general Vicente Casado. “But I am not worried, because we are relaxed and confident that we have fulfilled our obligations.”

Kick off: Saturday January 5, 7.00 (BST)