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Mar 13, 2013

Porto boss vows to attack Malaga

Porto will not sit back and defend their slim aggregate lead when they travel to face Malaga for the second leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Wednesday, according to manager Vitor Pereira.

• Malaga blog: Isco the key
• Porto blog: Fearless Martinez

The Portuguese champions won the first leg 1-0 at their own Estadio do Dragao courtesy of Joao Moutinho's second-half strike, giving them the advantage as they head to La Rosaleda.

However, despite reaching the knockout phase with the joint-best defensive record of the group stage (four goals conceded) and the fewest scored past them in this season's domestic league (with just 10 let in so far), Pereira insists his side aim to outscore their Spanish opponents.

"We know what we can do and that Malaga will want to score early," he said in his pre-match press conference. "We don't play to defend a lead.

"We are competitive, while they are going to take risks. We like to play attacking football, we are ambitious, and we will play how we are used to playing.

"Malaga proved their quality in the Dragao. The difference is that they will start looking for a goal, but if we can score we will put them under pressure."

Malaga are currently contesting their first ever Champions League campaign, whereas two-times European champions Porto compete in the competition virtually every year.

In spite of that, Pereira knows that his players cannot rest on their laurels against a side which topped a group featuring AC Milan and Zenit St Petersburg without losing any of their six matches.

"Our experience doesn't guarantee that we will win - what is really important is our quality and the way we play," Pereira added. "I believe in our work, both individually and as a group."

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