Pellegrini: Malaga surpassed Barcelona

The Chilean coach was enthused by Wednesday's second-half display, which has given him confidence that a repeat performance against Porto in Europe would see the side progress
Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini feels that his side should have come away with a victory against Barcelona in their Copa del Rey quarter-final first-leg clash.

The visitors went ahead after a mistake by Thiago let in Manuel Iturra but the Blaugrana restored parity and then went ahead before half-time.

Ignacio Camacho got 10-man Malaga's second precious away goal to tie the match at 2-2 in the final minutes but Pellegrini argues that, on the evidence of the second-half performance, they deserved much more.

"In the second half we surpassed Barcelona in all respects, even in chances created, because they barely reached their goal," the Chilean told reporters.

"In the first half we did not play well and gave away a goal to Barcelona. They had been better then.

"The tie is now open. If we play like we have in the second half here in the Champions League last 16, we may be able to progress in that competition."

Malaga face Barcelona in the second leg of the quarter-final on Tuesday while the encounter with Porto in the knockout stage of the Champions League takes place in February.