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Saviola: "The game against Porto will be complicated"

The Argentinian striker stressed that it will be a tough game after having played against Porto with Benfica and said that the side from Andalusia should play their own game.


Saviola: "The game against Porto will be complicated"

Málaga's Argentinian forward, Javier Saviola, stressed that it would be a tough game against Porto after having played against them with Porto and said that the Andalusian side shouldplaye their own game to continue making history and reach the quarter finals of the Champions League.

"The game against Porto will be complicated, definitely not straightforward. I played against them the last three years I was at Benfica and I know how tough it will be. They're a very physical side and play with a lot of intensity and rhythm. They'll be tough to beat and will almost certainly make life difficult," the Argentinian said after the Champions League draw today.

The "Conejo (rabbit)" also went on to say that the Portuguese outfit have individual players that cannot be overlooked. "In recent years they've had a bunch of quality individual players that have been doing a great job in the Portuguese league and in Europe, take Falcao or Lucho Gonzálex for example... Now they have others but have still kept up the same rhythm and the same level. It's going to be tough," he insisted.

"I've got a good relationship with Lucho González because we played together in the national team for a while and we have a lot of respect for each other. It will be a hotly contested game and we'll try to impose our playing style on them and do what we do well. When it's over I'll try to see him because it's always good to meet up with people you spent time with in the past. Hopefully the best team will win," he added.

Saviola refused to comment on whether the draw was favourable or not given that there are no easy games in the last 16 of the Champions League.

"The distance is not that great, the team we've been drawn against will mean we'll have to be focused and play to the best of our abilities. We're talking about the last 16 of the Champions League so anyone you're drawn against will be very dangerous and difficult to beat. Our draw is far from easy," he concluded.

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