The Andalusians are preparing for the first leg of their Champions League play-off with Panathinaikos on Wednesday night, but have been scheduled to play an 11pm fixture with Mallorca in La Liga on Sunday, just two days before the return game in Greece.
Speaking at a press conference, Pellegrini was clearly frustrated with the timing of the match, and hinted that Spain's other representatives in Europe's elite competition are being given precedence.“Unfortunately, the programming is so strange to us, because we are playing at 11pm and will finish at 1.30am, and on Tuesday we play in the Champions League.
“I don’t think there is intent to hinder Malaga. They [the authorities] unfortunately did not take into account the Champions League. The four teams represent Spain, and I think we should have the same conditions.”.