Beno Zeeb's men push on to Malaga today where they face off against recently appointed Javier Irureta's side. The 64 year old took charge at La Rosaleda in December after long time manager Manuel Pellegrini left for Inter Milan.
Irureta's time at Malaga so far has been uninspiring. Early in the league Malaga were boasting a position widely expected of them while Pellegrini was in charge. Shortly after match day twelve they dipped in form and them team showed a lack of work ethic. Where the only decent performances came from crowd favorite Isco and Uruguayan Diego Lugano. Lucky for Hannover as they head into an away match against Los Boquerones. A match that would have seen pundits expecting Malaga to walk away with an easy win last season, when Malaga made a heroic effort domestically finishing 4th in the Liga BBVA. This year the fixture is a whole lot different where both sides have completely switched positions, in terms of their domestic positioning.
Even with this added boost to morale for Die Roten, they still have to be wary of the capabilities of Isco and French Toulalan when they come to play football. Wonder kid Isco is an absolute unstoppable force behind the striker creating and finishing chances while Toulalan can break down attacking play while sitting in his preferred position of a defensive midfielder.
Malaga CF 0-3 Hannover 96
February 14th 2013
Nikci, Odjidja, Mane
Felipe, Schmiedebach, Gaitan
58% - 42%
VfB Stuttgart 1-2 Hannover 96
February 17th 2013
Felipe, Diouf, Rausch, Schmiedebach, Gaitan, Odjidja
Andreasen, Nikci, Odjidja
Hoffmann, Felipe, Stindl
60% - 40%
Stuttgart fans looked on in disbelief as their dominant team let a mistake cost them the game. Gotoku Sakai made a clumsy clearance to Stuttgart's goalkeeper Ulreich which Hannover's Mame Diouf picked up on and smashed the game winning goal into the net.