Pellegrini calms expectations
Malaga boss Manuel Pellegrini says qualifying for the Champions League 'is not an obligation' despite their heavy financial backing.
The Chilean coach led Los Boquerones to Europe's top club competition for the first time in their history last season and expectations are once again high at La Rosaleda ahead of the upcoming campaign.
However, Pellegrini has warned his players not to get carried away and says they shouldn't expect to finish in the top four, despite their achievements of last season.
"The Champions League is not an obligation for us," he told Marca. "Just because we secured a place in European competition for the first time in the club's history, it does not mean we have to qualify every year.
"To think that would be a mistake. For the players, it is true that playing in this competition is exciting, but I must convince them that the league is more difficult."