Málaga CF defender, Weligton held a press conference in the mixed zone at San Mamés, unhappy with tonight’s Cup elimination: “We knew the opportunity we had in front of us and tried to score, but it just wasn’t to be.”

The Blue and Whites’ coach knows just how important tomorrow’s historic Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg against Athletic Club is: “Every Cup match is like a final. We want to remain in this competition and look forward to doing so. The team needs to make an extra effort in order to qualify to the semi-finals, and I’m confident and excited about moving forward in this competition.”

Málaga Club de Fútbol’s Weligton Robson Pena de Oliveira held a press conference to analyse the forthcoming Copa del Rey quarter-final second leg against Athletic Club at San Mamés on Thursday: “We’re full of motivation and enthusiasm to go as far as we can in this competition, although we’re well aware it will be a very difficult match.”

The midfielder returned to the pitch following his recovery from injury: “After such a long time I was ready to get back on the field to see how I got on. Two days ago I wasn’t feeling great, but I played the entire 90 minutes and from a physical aspect I felt good.”

The Málaga-born striker made his debut in the starting-11 today and scored his first goal for the Blue and Whites: “I’m really pleased from a personal point of view. Scoring a goal is always positive for a striker, and allows you to go home happy knowing you’ve helped the team.”

The Málaga CF coach comments: “It wasn’t one of our best matches with regards to game play, but I’m pleased with the delivery and fight we showed, and the fact that we didn’t fall after the first goal. We’re slowly regaining players little by little and I think the team is continuing to grow.”

Málaga Club de Fútbol coach, Javi Gracia held a press conference in the Juan Cortés room to analyse tomorrow’s BBVA League game against Athletic Club: “We’re treating this match as though it were a final and are not taking anything for granted. We want to start this second round with a win.”

The Blue and Whites’ captain has played the most matches with Málaga Club de Fútbol in history, totalling 292, and his achievement was recognised in La Rosaleda’s press room today amongst his family, friends and colleagues, Javi Gracia, Club advisers, Antonio Benítez and Ben Barek, along with corporate director general, Manuel Novo: “I first arrived here in 2001, and I had no idea how far I would come. I had to leave for a time, but always knew I’d return as this Club is like my home. My family home is here and my second home is Málaga CF,” affirms the Portuguese-born ‘Malagueño’.

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