Manuel Pellegrini: "Dortmund are an excellent side"

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini
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Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini says that his team's Champions League quarter-final is "absolutely open" following last night's 0-0 draw at La Rosaleda.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has described Borussia Dortmund as an "excellent side" following last night's goalless draw at La Rosaleda.

The Chilean believes that the Champions League quarter-final tie is "absolutely open" heading into next week's second leg at the Westfalenstadion.

However, if Los Boquerones are to progress, they will have to do it without skipper Weligton and midfielder Manuel Iturra.

"Dortmund are an excellent side," Pellegrini told UEFA.com. "It was an open game and the tie is absolutely open.

"Dortmund's team are all good young players with great technique and dynamism.

"[Weligton and Manuel Iturra] are important players; luckily [Martin] Demichelis didn't get a yellow card as well, so we will see how we replace those two."

The Andalusian outfit are in La Liga action at Real Sociedad on Saturday before the return leg on Tuesday.

Borussia Dortmund's head coach Juergen Klopp during the match against Bayern Munich on December 1, 2012
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