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Malaga set for season-defining finish

Malaga midfielder Ignacio Camacho believes the club deserve a return to European football for next season.

Coach Manuel Pellegrini's side face a defining final six games of the campaign over the coming weeks that will determine their fate.

A Champions League spot remains a possibility with sixth-placed Malaga five points behind fourth-placed Real Sociedad, but there are also several clubs breathing down their neck in challenging for a Europa League place.

That includes Sunday's visitors to La Roseleda in ninth-placed Getafe, who are six points adrift of a Malaga side which suffered their heaviest loss of the season last weekend in losing 5-1 at Valencia.

``The next six matches will determine if our hard work throughout the season will pay off,'' said Camacho.

``Each match is crucial and we are determined not to throw away everything we've been working towards all season.

``We can qualify for the Europa League by winning at home, but if we want to aim higher then we need to win in away games too.

``We've worked so hard all year, to not qualify for European football would be totally unfair on us as a team.''

Malaga enjoyed a remarkable run to the quarter finals of this year's Champions League before losing out to Borussia Dortmund.

With memories of that still fresh, Camacho knows what is at stake, adding: ``Reaching European positions next season will be great for the club and the fans.

``However, the Champions League is the Champions League, and we had the most amazing experience in this competition this season.

``We're completely focused on finishing as high up the league table as we can, and we're not going to settle for the Europa League if there is still a chance we can make the Champions.''

Joaquin Sanchez is available again after recovering from tonsilitis, but fellow midfielder Jeremy Toulalan remains sidelined through injury.

Although hailing Malaga as a team that ``oozes quality'', the onus for Getafe coach Luis Garcia Plaza is to simply get back to winning ways after a run of four games without a victory, losing the last two.

``Against Betis we played very well (in a 0-0 draw), then against Atletico Madrid (another 0-0 draw) it was a very serious game,'' said Garcia Plaza.

``At Valladolid (a 2-1 loss) we were not up to par and the other day (losing 2-0 at home to Espanyol) was very strange.

``We have to go back to being as intense as we were three games ago.''

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