After an intensive 3 game week last time out, we finally come into this game after having a full week’s rest. Tomorrow night at 9pm local time, Barcelona will be facing Mallorca Live from the Camp Nou. It’s another vitally important game for us and our season. We need to pick up a positive result tomorrow night, to further cement our position in the top four. Another thing that is important is for us to reclaim that winning spirit at our Home Stadium. It wasn’t long ago where the Camp Nou was a fortress. A stadium where every team would fear coming to. Every game there would pretty much be a guaranteed win. Even before the game had started. However unfortunately for us, we haven’t been able to win there for the last 3 games. Costing us vital points in the league, as well as dropping us out of Europe.
Funnily enough, it’s our away form that has been impeccable. Maybe it’s been the pressure of playing at home. Or it might be down to the poor support from the local fans in recent weeks. But building some momentum and confidence at the Camp Nou is important for the present and future. We’ll be hoping to get back to winning ways tomorrow night. It’s going to be tricky, but it’s vital we come out of the game with a good result. Especially when you consider the teams around us haven’t been in great form recently either. We need to make the most of the opportunities we get. And most importantly, finish the season off in the best way possible!
Lessons from our last visit:
The last time Barcelona faced Mallorca was early on in the year. It was one of the first games in 2022, at a time where our squad was really light with players. People like Ferran Jutgla and Abde were all protagonists. And we were floating around the mid table mark. Flash forward a few months and things couldn’t be more different. As a team, we’ve improved so much. Despite our recent difficulties, the progress we’ve made has been incredible. There’s still a long way to go, but all the amazing things we’ve done over recent times. Has meant we are now in 2nd place in La Liga. And well in the fight for the Champions League. But we need to start picking up important points. To cement our position.
We are looking very light for options again. As was the same back in our last meeting. Most of our midfield has been wiped out. Our defence has taken a knock aswell as our attacking options too. We’ve suffered from fatigue recently, which is totally understandable. But getting back on the right track is imperative. Mallorca is a side that is definitely beatable, but Barcelona cannot underestimate them. Last weeks game against Rayo was painful to watch. A very bad game from an officiating point of view. And we were way off the mark too. Mallorca currently find themselves in 16th place. They’ve won 2 of their last 5 games. With their last result coming as a 2-1 win at home to Alaves. Like I’ve mentioned before, they’re a team we shouldn’t underestimate. We know that it doesn’t matter where you are in the league. The majority of teams we’ve faced recently have all been facing relegation. And every single one of them have given us a tough game. Scoring early and scoring more frequently is the most important thing. We need to ensure we turn up!
As touched on previously, we haven’t really got many options right now. Injuries and covid have all played a part, so we are down to our bare bones at the moment. One huge piece of news though is the likely return of a certain number 10. Our little Prince, Ansu Fati is back! At the time of writing, the squad list hasn’t been announced. But he is expected to finally be on there. He’s a huge boost for our attack and the team in general. Seeing him back on the pitch again will be so exciting. Hopefully Ansu will finally have some luck. He’s so important for us and we really have missed him. In midfield, it pretty much picks itself. Pedri is injured, aswell as Nico Gonzalez. So the midfield three will definitely be Gavi, Frenkie and Busquets. Riqui puig could also see some minutes in the team, which would be great to see. Pique is still suffering from an injury and Dest is out for the rest of the season too. We’re light in numbers, but the desire remains the same.
Dani Alves- Araujo- Eric- Alba
Gavi- Busquets- Frenkie
Dembele- Aubameyang- Ferran