Manzano believes it may be a good time to visit the Nou Camp
Real Mallorca, who have only won three times this season and lie just one point above the relegation zone, visit league leaders Barcelona today.
Barcelona currently lead the Primera Liga by 10 points and have been in fantastic form, but Mallorca coach Gregorio Manzano believes now may be the best time to face them.
“It’s the least bad time to visit the Nou Camp because of the winter break and because Barcelona have a cup game against Atletico Madrid on Tuesday to think about,” he said.
Mallorca were the last team to triumph in the league at the Nou Camp, when they won 3-2 in the penultimate game of last season.
“We came from behind and we’re the last visiting team to win here in the league,” he recalled.
New goalkeeper Dudu Aouate, who has just signed from Deportivo La Coruna as cover for the injured Miguel Angel Moya, is likely to make his debut.
Barcelona will have Andres Iniesta available after he returns from injury two months early and will hope to pick up where they left off in 2008.
The Catalan outfit have won 13 of their last 14 matches in the league and finished 2008 with four impressive victories over title rivals Sevilla, Valencia, Real Madrid and Villarreal.