Pellegrini insists Malaga will survive drop

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini insists they can beat the drop - despite their 7-0 thrashing by Real Madrid.

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini insists they can beat the drop - despite their 7-0 thrashing by Real Madrid.

Pellegrini endured an unhappy return to the Bernabeu, but claims his side could not have expected to take a positive result from the clash with Jose Mourinho's men.

"We didn't come to contest the points; the game was just a formality," he said.

"Against a team like Real Madrid we couldn't have expected to take a positive result from the game, so the truth is the match won't affect us at all."

Pellegrini rested a host of first-team players for the trip to the capital, in order to keep them fresh for Sunday's Primera Division clash at home to Osasuna.

"Six first-team players didn't play because I wanted to reserve them for the game against Osasuna," he said.

"And Weligton, (Martin) Demichelis and Eliseu (Pereira) only played because I didn't have anyone else."

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