Mallorca vs Barcelona preview

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Guardiola far better than Mourinho – Rosell Barcelona president Sandro Rosell believes Pep Guardiola is a greater option as coach than True Madrid’s Jose Mourinho at the Catalan club. Guardiola signed a one-yr extension this week to continue being at Barca right up until the stop of up coming period and really should he comprehensive it, will become only the fourth coach to very last for four or far more whole campaigns at the Nou Camp. Since his arrival in 2008, Guardiola has led Barca to 8 trophies previously, and with the club still fighting for three much more at the enterprise conclude of the present campaign, Rosell says renewing his coach’s agreement was an simple selection to make. “Every single day that goes by, I like our (club) model a lot more, and I like it even far better with Pep,” he informed Tv3. “We are delighted to have him right here.” And Rosell says Guardiola’s sentimental attachment to Barcelona makes him a much better selection than Mourinho. “Pep represents Barca sentimentally, whilst Mourinho only represents Madrid professionally,” he explained.

“And Mourinho is a whole lot far more high-priced than Pep,” he extra. Barca have a 5-level lead over Madrid with 14 rounds of the Primera Division remaining, but Guardiola has crucial gamers missing for the trip to Mallorca. Captain Carles Puyol, goalkeeper Victor Valdes and midfielder Xavi all miss out through damage, whilst correct-back again Dani Alves is suspended. Barca’s only defeats this term have appear when Puyol has been unavailable, even though the absence of Xavi and Alves generates a assortment headache for Guardiola. Three youth-team players – midfielder Thiago Alcantara, goalkeeper Ruben Mino and appropriate-back again Martin Montoya – have all been drafted into the squad as cover, even though none are probable to start at the Iberostar Stadium. Regardless of those worries and a stubborn Madrid side, Mallorca coach Michael Laudrup – who played for each of Spain’s big two – believes the Catalans will win the Primera Division title for the third yr running. “I believe they will be champions because they have far more points and will be capable to slip up numerous instances, unlike Madrid,” he advised Sport in an interview. The Danish coach, however, believes the title will go down to the wire. “I’ve been in Spanish football for twenty many years and I’ve in no way seen a title made a decision at the end of January or in February,” he stated. “It will be made the decision in May possibly.” Laudrup was a member of Barca’s mythical `Dream Team’ under Johan Cruyff, but the Dane believes the existing edition is even much better. “This Barca and (Frank) Rijkaard’s are greater than the a single from my era – they have more individual resources,” he said. “Pep’s staff is the best 1 of all even with no the ball they stress all the time and they have (David) Villa, (Lionel) Messi, Pedro, Xavi, (Andres) Iniesta and Alves. “The `Dream Team’ will constantly have 1 thing they haven’t received, though – we came before them.” At Mallorca, the situation is very distinct. “We have very little money and most of the players are in their 1st year in the leading division,” Laudrup extra. “But I function with the peace of brain that there are good football folks here and they allow me get on with my job.” Laudrup is set to be without having defender Ivan Ramis and striker Victor Casadesus for the game. Mallorca, in 11th put with 31 points, astonishingly held Barca to a one-one draw at the Nou Camp earlier this season.

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