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Spanish Primera BBVA

La Rosaleda (ATT 22,000) 9th April 2012 - Kick off 20:00 Ref: Carlos Del Cerro Grande

Malaga Malaga vs Racing Santander R Santandr

Malaga 3

Isco (22)
S Cazorla (64)
R van Nistelrooy (84)


R Santandr 0

P Francis (S/O 3)

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Last Updated: 09/04/12 10:23am

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Enzo Maresca (r): We can't get excited yet

Enzo Maresca (r): We can't get excited yet

Malaga midfielder Enzo Maresca believes patience and concentration will be two key attributes his side need to have as they chase a Champions League berth over the final weeks of the season.

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Big-spending Malaga saw their good recent run come to an end last weekend when they suffered a surprise 2-0 home defeat to Andalusian neighbours Real Betis, and that result opened the door for Levante to reclaim fourth spot with Sunday's 2-0 win over Atletico Madrid.

However, Manuel Pellegrini's side can move back into the Champions League spots with a victory over struggling Racing Santander on Monday night.

Malaga will be firm favourites to pick up a three-point haul against a Racing side who are without a victory since mid-January and have lost six of their last eight matches, but Maresca knows his team cannot get ahead of themselves.

He said: "The fans are the ones that can get excited, we need to be as focused as possible. The mental aspect is more important than the physical, we need to be ice cold, patient and take it one match at a time.

"The more experienced players have seen these situations before, so handle things differently to the younger players. We need to convey calm."

Regarding last weekend's disappointment, the 32-year-old Italian added: "Betis needed the points and we knew they'd double their efforts.

"Racing won't be an easy match at all, we must be patient, as any team can win a match right up until the 95th minute."

Racing's poor run has seen them slip into the bottom two of the Primera Division standings and they make the long trip south seven points adrift of Villarreal and safety.

Racing coach Alvaro Cervera said: "We know that winning one game will not get us out of the mess we are in, but it would allow us to continue dreaming."

Cervera has called up teenage midfielder Quique Rivero for Monday's game, with Tono, Jose Picon and Lautaro Acosta out injured, while Malaga are missing a number of key players with Joaquin Sanchez, Jeremy Toulalan, Willy Caballero, Julio Baptista and Juanmi all unfit.

Best bet: Santi Cazorla to score first - 13/2

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Spanish Primera BBVA

Spanish Primera BBVA
Pos Team P Pts
1 Barcelona 33 81
2 Real Madrid 32 76
3 Atletico Madrid 33 72
4 Valencia 32 65
5 Sevilla 32 63
6 Villarreal 33 53
7 Malaga 32 46
8 Athletic Bilbao 33 46
9 Celta Vigo 32 42
10 Espanyol 33 42
11 Rayo Vallecano 32 41
12 Real Sociedad 33 39
13 Getafe 33 36
14 Elche 33 34
15 Levante 33 32
16 Eibar 32 31
17 Almeria 32 28
18 Deportivo La Coruna 32 28
19 Granada 32 25
20 Cordoba 33 20