Julio Baptista: Málaga are confident of overcoming Porto
Málaga forward Julio Baptista has revealed that his side are confident of overcoming Porto and reaching the Champions League quarter-finals tomorrow evening.
The Spanish side lost 1-0 in Portugal in the first leg of the tie, following a second-half goal from João Moutinho.
However, Baptista feels the team, currently fourth in La Liga, have what it takes to turn the tie around.
He said: "I think we’re more than capable of gaining the advantage on the scoreboard here at our home ground.
"We need to score a goal, but the important thing is being confident that it is possible. It’ll be tough, but we’re going to make things as hard as we can for Porto.
"They’re going to focus on imposing their style of football. We are the ones who can turn it around to our advantage.
"We’ll make the difference with our attitude, game play and intensity. These factors will turn the result around from the first leg."
The 31-year-old has been struggling with a thigh strain and is a slight doubt for Wednesday's match, but the Brazilian insisted he is ready to play a full part in the encounter.
He added: "I’m feeling fine, I trained all week, I just think it was a muscle overload injury I sustained through fatigue. If the coach thinks I should play tomorrow, then I’m definitely match-fit."