Manuel Pellegrini: Malaga should be "calm"

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini
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Manuel Pellegrini asks his Malaga players not to get anxious and believes that Porto will try to score a goal against them despite being 1-0 up from the first leg.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini has urged his players to remain "calm" ahead of their clash against Porto in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Spanish club trail the Portuguese giants 1-0 from the first leg of their last-16 tie and will play host in the reverse fixture.

"This will be a different game," he told reporters. "The tie is 180 minutes and as we are behind, we have to look to reverse the situation. Of course not conceding will be important.

"I got through to the semi-finals with Villarreal in the past and now with Malaga I am looking to get through to the quarter-finals. I am focused solely on that.

"We have to be calm and to manage the anxiety. Excessive nerves can lead to mistakes. Will we be looking for a goal in the first minute? Well, there are 90 minutes in which to score the goal and we have to be intelligent."

Pellegrini added that he believes Porto will try to score a goal at La Rosaleda.

"I don't think Porto will be coming here to defend their lead," he said. "They have a distinct style and won't vary much from that.

"From our part, we need to try to play without making mistakes. All of my players will be obliged to perform to the maximum of their abilities."

This is Malaga's debut campaign in the Champions League.

Malag's Julio Baptista during his side's match against FC Porto on February 19, 2013
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