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Malaga’s Duda hopes to put one over home town

Malaga’s former Portugal international Duda is confident his side can overcome a 1-0 deficit at home to Porto in their Champions League Last 16 second leg clash on Wednesday to claim a place in the quarterfinals.

The Oporto-born midfielder insists his side will be ready for what he describes as the biggest game in Malaga’s history qs they seek to extend their dream run in what is their maiden campaign in European club football’s most prestigious competition.

‘The boss ( Manuel Pellegrini) has everybody available and we will give everything to make sure we get to the quarters. We know very well what we have to do, we are at home in front of our fans and we have to take advantage of this.’

Duda has never played for Porto after twelve seasons in Spain but he recognises the quality his home town club possesses.

‘It will be difficult against a very good side but we have to concentrate on our job. They have great players and a good squad, even if they have a few key players out it will still be hard but it would help us,’ he said.

Malaga will hope to continue an impressive unbeaten Champions home record this season to reach the quarters and repeat the victories over AC Milan and Zenit St Petersburg in the group stage.

Porto, however, should be at full strength with coach Vitor Pereira announcing on Monday that he will travel with a group of nineteen players to the Costa del Sol.

‘We must take it match by match,’ Moutinho said.
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