Barcelona and Real Madrid are given preferential schedule, says Malaga's Pellegrini

Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini is unhappy with the hectic schedule of his team, hinting that Barcelona, Real Madrid and Valencia are given preferential treatment.

The Andalusians are preparing for the first leg of their Champions League play-off with Panathinaikos on Wednesday night, but have been scheduled to play an 11pm fixture with Mallorca in La Liga on Sunday, just two days before the return game in Greece.

Speaking at a press conference, Pellegrini was clearly frustrated with the timing of the match, and hinted that Spain’s other representatives in Europe’s elite competition are being given precedence.

“Unfortunately, the programming is so strange to us, because we are playing at 11pm and will finish at 1.30am, and on Tuesday we play in the Champions League.

“We’ll see if Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia have the same treatment and play at that time,” he continued.

“Our recovery is more complicated. Let’s see if during the Champions League another team involved in that would have to play at 11pm on the preceding Saturday and only have 48 hours to recover.”

“I don’t think there is intent to hinder Malaga. They [the authorities] unfortunately did not take into account the Champions League. The four teams represent Spain, and I think we should have the same conditions.”.

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