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It was meant to be the defining difference of what makes the Premiership better than the rest. Hard-working, physical, committed, full blooded, aggressive, direct - all superlatives to describe the team from Staffordshire. The English media were quick to jump on David De Gea, when he played there. The most infamous quote of all was that of former Sky TV pundit Andy Gray less than 18 months ago:

"I don't know if Barcelona have ever gone to a place like the Britannia stadium and suffered the kind of onslaught that Tony Pulis's players would put them under from long throws...

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Pre-match

José Francisco Molina - Villarreal manager

"Winning would be great. Working hard for 90 minutes and from their trying to win. Our focus is on the three points, but we know the difficulty of the game. "

"Barcelona have casualties, but also a great squad and they are used to keeping a high pace in games. "

Villarreal named the same side that beat Sporting Gijon 3-0 the previous week. Diego López recovered from a fever to take his place in goal. With negotiations taking place...

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Pre-match

Manuel Pellegrini - Màlaga Manager

"We play against a direct rival. It is a very important game to overcome. "

"Falcao is a very good player and is demonstrating that he is an extraordinary striker here, as he did in Latin America and with the Colombian national team. "

With this match sandwiched between Copa del Rey games with Real Madrid, Pellegrini had to rotate his squad whilst ensuring a strong side played against opponents looking for European football next season. He made five changes with Mathijsen,...

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Pre-Match

Manuel Pellegrini - Málaga Manager

"With Real Madrid, I think we will have more space, the team has a clear idea of what we want and hopefully we can do everything right."

"I have absolutely nothing to prove, I have a conscience and coming to Málaga was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life."

Pellegrini was full of surprises as he made 4 changes to last weekends side, Rubén got the nod in-goal with Willy...

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Background

Juan Mata arrived at Stamford Bridge this summer with the quest of helping fellow Spaniard Fernando Torres return to scoring form. It's early days but he's own goalscoring has made more of an impact, 2 goals in his opening 3 appearances. The former Valencia playmaker will face he's toughest test to date since arriving in the English Premiership, an away trip to Old Trafford.

How they lined up ?

Chelsea made just one change to the side that beat Sunderland in their previous Premier League game. With two assists in the...

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