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Malaga v Anderlecht preview

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini is determined to continue his side's unbeaten run in the UEFA Champions League group stages against Anderlecht despite having already sealed progression to the last 16 of the competition.

Pellegrini knows the pressure is off ahead of the match with his team already secure at the top of Group C but he is refusing to ease off against the Belgian champions who are fighting to pip Zenit St Petersburg to the Europa League berth.

"Whenever any team goes out on the pitch, they're determined to play the best football they can," Pellegrini told his club's official website.

"From a sporting point of view it's important to win, no sportsman ever wants to lose. We'll be concentrating on performing at a high level and maintain our undefeated streak in the group stage, which is also important from an economic point of view.

"We certainly won't be relaxed out on the pitch and will be in search of three points from the start of the match."

However, despite knowing his side's place in the knockout stages is assured, Pellegrini expects a tough rematch against Anderlecht, who they beat 3-0 in Brussels in October.

Pellegrini has been boosted over recent weeks by the return to training of Julio Baptista, who has been out of action for more than a year because of an Achilles problem.

Anderlecht have almost a full squad available for the crucial match, with only Bram Nuytinck unavailable due to a ban after he was shown a red card against AC Milan.