Malaga will only settle for Champions League qualification, says Camacho

The 23-year-old insists his side would consider Europa League qualification something of a disappointment following their exploits in Europe's top tournament this season

Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho says his side will not settle for anything less but a return to Champions League football for next season.

Los Boquerones surpassed expectations in their inaugural season in Europe's most prestigious competition, making it all the way to the quarter-finals only before being cruelly eliminated by Borussia Dortmund in injury time in the second leg.

Manuel Pellegrini's side are now fully focused on claiming the fourth and final spot for the Champions League and Camacho believes his side are capable of doing so despite being five points off the pace.

"We are focused on finishing as high as possible and why should we be satisfied with the Europa League when we still have a chance of getting into the Champions League," Camacho told a press conference.

"This year we have experienced at first-hand how great the competition is, but of course it is better to be in Europe than end up with nothing.

"We have to complete all the work we have done this season in the six matches we have left.

"The team has worked extremely well for the whole season and finishing outside the European places would not be fair on us. It's going to be a short but intense month and each game is crucial."

Malaga may still be denied participation in European competition next season due to a one-year ban imposed on them by Uefa for failing to abide by Financial Fair Play regulations.