Ahead of his Mallorca side’s meeting with Barcelona on Saturday night, Michael Laudrup has confessed that it is not a fixture he is relishing.
The Danish coach has explained that els Barralets may have picked up a good point against Barca earlier this season, but the reaction of his players thereafter was to slip to a defeat in the following game.
Placed in the middle of the Primera Division standings, the Balearic Islanders cannot afford a lengthy unhealthy sequence, else there is the possibility of being dragged into the relegation dogfight.
“I don’t want my words misinterpreted, but I don’t like these games,” Laudrup confessed in a press conference on Friday.
“Firstly, I don’t like the quality of our rivals, and secondly I don’t like the consequences they bring to most teams after the game. After our three games against the top two, we’ve gone on to lose the next fixture.
“The next game normally goes wrong because this fixture has such an impact you forget what’s round the corner.”
Though Laudrup has said that he believes Pep Guardiola’s men will win the league, he would not dismissed the prospects of his own side, particularly after leading them to a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou in the autumn.
“We must recognise the quality of our opponents, but we must believe we have a chance,” he stated.
Mallorca lie 11th in the Spanish standings ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.