Club owner Sheik Abdullah bin Nasser Al-Thani invested heavily over the summer, spending €58 million to bring in many new talents such as Ruud van Nisterooy, Santi Cazorla, Jeremy Toulalan and Joaquin to bolster the squad. And that investment appears to be paying off as Malaga are currently fourth in the table with 13 points six games into the new La Liga season, behind Real Madrid on goal difference and a point off joint leaders Barcelona and Levante.
Pellegrini is happy with the teams strong start but says that they are yet to be truly tested.
“Malaga are a team in growth. We have been a topic for debate because we have signed players who are very good for the project. We are happy because we have collected a very good amount of points from the first games. The real test will be when we play against Real Madrid and Barcelona – after that we will see.”
After the international break, Malaga will travel to surprise joint leaders Levante before hosting Real Madrid a week after that.