The Spanish club Malaga is now under new rule of Nasser Al-Thani. The Sheikh from Qatar has taken control of the Spanish club and has started investing in it in order to make it a bigger club just like Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers and PSG who are also under Sheikh ownership now.
The Premier League side, Manchester City splashed too much cash to sign new players and have managed to reach champions league in their third season. However, Malaga’s owners seem to be quite intriguing in terms of the stars they are signings. The Qatari revolution at La Rosaleda has turned this team from last year's relegation contenders into chasers of the European dream. There is no doubt that they have the strength in depth to sustain a challenge but they will also need to improve their consistency.
The ambitious Spanish club had got off to a good start in the league, after spending nearly €60 million in the summer to bolster their squad, Malaga still look incapable of challenging for the top places in the league, but Pellegrini has underlined that club owner Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Al-Thani trusts his side's chances.
Just like Manchester city started by signings players like Lescott, Gareth Barry, Wayne Bridge and Santa Cruz, Malaga also busy signing players who provide too much to the team rather than being individually brilliant like Julio Baptista,Kameni, Jeremy Toulalan, Joras Mathijsen, and Joaquin .
After signing the Bayern Munich defender Martin Demicheles, Malaga signed the former Real Madrid striker Ruud Van Nistelrooy. Nistelrooy was later joined by Julio Baptista, Sergio Sanchez, Jeremy Toulalan, Joras Mathijsen, Joaquin Sanchez and Diego Bounanotte in the team. Despite having spent so much cash on players, none of them are star players but they are all team performers. Many of the players are experienced and will provide a lot to the team. This way they will be able to slowly raise their bars and after clinching a Europa league spot in the next season, they might buy a few star players to help them either win the European competition or qualify for the UEFA champion’s league in following seasons. After the short term plan (qualify to Europa and establish their name), it will become easier for Malaga to buy stars like Manchester City did with Balotelli, Silva, Aguero and Yaya Toure.
The coach Manuel Pellegrini, whose an experienced La Liga coach, Pellegrini managed Real Madrid two seasons ago, but his best known for transforming Villarreal into the club they are now, his influenced the club massively managing to finish runners-up in 2008, three Champions League appearances in five seasons, twice Europa league semi-finalists, and one time Champions league semi-finalists, Pellegrini's Real Madrid side achieved a record 96 points in La Liga, being the highest points total that Real Madrid has achieved in a La Liga season, but still came in runner-up, finishing behind their arch rival Barcelona who had 99 points. Overall Pellegrini is more than capable of achieving Malaga’s targets, taking the club forward and into new heights and he has full support from the club's hierarchy.
Malaga have started the season slowly but now with the players “gelling” more they collected have 28 points after 21 games, they sit comfortably in 8th place two points outside europa qualifications and four points outside champions league qualifications and they look like real contenders for finishing in the top 6 and qualify to Europe, with a good string of results and the underperforming Villarreal and Sevilla, Malaga might even clinch the 4th place and qualify to champions league.