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Nov 5, 2012

Demichelis not playing for draw in Milan

Malaga defender Martin Demichelis says his side will go out to win in Tuesday's Champions League group tie at AC Milan, and claims it hurts that some fans think they did not show the same commitment in the 2-1 home La Liga defeat to Rayo Vallecano on Saturday.

Malaga have won their three opening group games and know that a point in Milan would keep them in the driving seat for progression to the last-16, however the experienced former Bayern Munich centre-half said they would not change their style to play for a draw.

"(Coach) Manuel (Pellegrini) has drummed into us that we always go out to play the same way," Demichelis said. "If we go out looking for a draw, there is a big chance we would lose the game. We will go out for the three points. San Siro is a ground that has been historically difficult, but we have shown we can front up."

The 31-year-old suggested Malaga may be able to take advantage of the pressure which Milan's players will be under, given their disappointing recent form and need for a result to keep ahead of Zenit St Petersburg in the Group C standings.

"It is going to be a difficult game," he added. "The media are putting a lot of pressure on Milan, they need the three points. We must be aware it will be very tough, but we have the chance to finish things off."

The Malaga squad, including fit again midfielder Jeremy Toulalan, flew to Italy on Monday morning hoping to quickly move on from Saturday's disappointing first home defeat of the season, which came days after it emerged that the club's Qatari owners had again failed to pay players' wages on time.

Demichelis, who headed in his side's only goal against Rayo, said that he and his teammates had proven before they could put aside financial issues to perform on the pitch, and it was insulting to suggest they had not been giving 100% in that game.

"The lack of organisation on the non-sporting side is not a new thing, we know how to deal with it, we finished fourth last year and we got through the Champions League play-off round (this summer)," he said. "We lost, we did not play well and that hurts, but there is nothing else. I have heard about social media and other comments from people, it hurts to think they could believe we would lose because we had not been paid."

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