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Malaga has had a stellar start to their Champions League campaign and will face their toughest competition yet when they host AC Milan on Wednesday.
Malaga manager Manuel Pellegrini has led his team to a perfect start after two group stage matches. His side was able to defeat Anderlecht in the opening match and then handily defeat Zenit St. Petersburg on the second match day. Should Malaga be able to gain a positive result over AC Milan, the Spanish team will lead Group C and be almost guaranteed a spot in the next round.
To make Pellegini's tasks harder will be the fact that Chilean coach and former footballer will be without Jeremy Toulalan, Diego Buonanotte and Julio Baptista, who are all recovering from injury. He will also be without Sergio Sanchez, who is still recovering from an illness.
For AC Milan manager Massimiliano Allegri, his troubles go deeper. Milan has looked disorganized and confused so far in the Champions League. For the team's first match, they drew 0-0 with Anderlecht at home in what was a show of offensive weaknesses and a lack of creativity.
Their next fixtures saw them barley get past a poor Zenit St. Petersburg squad who lost the match due to an own goal by Zenit.
The Italian team has not fared better in league play having only been able to produce two wins in the last eight matches with one draw and five losses. AC Milan has furthered their poor start, having only won once in their last five matches. One reason is due to the lack of offensive production. AC Milan has scored just nine goals while conceding 10.
One bright spot for AC Milan has been 19-year-old striker Stephan El Shaaraw,y who has been the spark for AC Milan offensively and scored in his team's last match.
Kick-off for the match is at 2:45 EDT and can be watched online here.