Once the dust finally settles after last night’s incredible climax at the Westfalenstadion in Dortmund, Malaga’s greatest pain from their agonising Quarter Final defeat will be the knowledge that the side from the South of Spain are highly unlikely to replicate their Champions League achievements for many years to come.
Malaga have surprised and enraptured football supporters across the continent this season with an unpredicted run to the last 8 of Europe’s Premier Club competition. Domestically, the club currently lie in 6th place, within just 4 points of La Liga’s final Champions League qualification spot. The chances of Malaga finishing the season in 4th place are more than realistic, however as a result of gross financial mismanagement at the club, UEFA have opted to ban Malaga’s participation in the first continental competition that the club qualify for in the next four seasons.
Subsequently, many of the stars that we have seen rise to prominence in Malaga colours this season are likely to be plying their trade elsewhere at the closure of this summer’s transfer window as the club try to alleviate accumulating debts and as many of the players go in search of another journey in the Champions League next year.
Isco, arguably Malaga’s most coveted star is almost certain to leave La Rosaleda Stadium at the climax of this campaign with the likes of Martin Demichelis and Roque Santa Cruz perhaps following in his footsteps.Furthermore, Head Coach Manuel Pellegrini, the mastermind behind Malaga’s success has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League at the end of the season, with Roman Abramovic believed to be at the front of the line for the services of the veteran Chilean.
As such, last night’s brutal Champions League exit may represent the beginning of a great decline for Malaga CF who can now no longer mask their off-field problems with on-the-field success.