Mallorca Playmaker Juan Arango: Barcelona Not Invincible

The Venezuelan playmaker believes that his Mallorca side will be able to overcome Barca in the second leg of the Copa and he has drawn inspiration from a recent famous cup comeback…

One of Real Mallorca’s most influential players these days, Juan Arango, has remained optimistic that his side have what it takes to overturn a 2-0 first leg deficit against Barcelona in the Copa del Rey.

The two sides will meet at Son Moix on Wednesday night for the second leg and team captain, Arango has tried to fire up his team-mates ahead of the clash.

Barcelona are not invincible. We all remember how Getafe beat them [4-0 to overturn a 5-2 first leg] in the semi-finals two seasons ago and if they can do it, there's no reason why we can't, too,” he said during a pre-match interview.

“We are aware that La Liga is our top priority but we are one step away from the Copa final and we will do everything we can to get there,” the 28-year-old assured.

Arango then went on to assess what his team have to do to stop Barca on their tracks: “First, we must pressure them upfront, because if we allow them to play, they will keep hold of the ball.

“But if we apply pressure on them, it will create difficulties for them and that will allow us to hurt them,” he affirmed.

Arango will not have any problems encouraging the home fans to come out and show their support, as the club have already begun a campaign to ensure the stadium is filled to the brim come Wednesday.

With the catchphrase, Somniem [We Dream], they have reminded their fans how they dreamt of becoming the cup champions in 2003 and they achieved it in the end when they beat Recreativo Huelva 3-0 in the final.     

KS Leong,