Barça, during the team's La Liga match against Mallorca last season /PHOTO: ARXIU FCB

The Barça manager will take his team to Mallorca for the fourth time he took charge of the Barça bench in 2008/09. In total, the team under Josep Guardiola have won twice and lost once in the Balearic Islands.

Honour guard from Mallorca

The first year as manager, Guardiola lost at the Iberostar by 2-1. Before kickoff, however, Mallorca received Barça, La Liga champions, with an honour guard, due to Madrid’s defeat at the hands of Villarreal the previous day. For this reason, Guardiola sent out reserve-side players like Oier and Xavi Torres, and he reserved first-team players, with the exception of Alves, Abidal and Eto’o, who was fighting for the Pichichi award. After an early goal from Eto’o on 10 minutes, Arango and Santana both netted to give Mallorca the three points. Eto’o had one last chance to level for Barça on 93 minutes, but the penalty that Iturralde González called, but his shot was saved.

Two last visits, two wins

In the next season, 2009/10, Barça won by 0-1, taking three points that allowed Guardiola’s team to claim the top of the table. The goal, which came in the second half, was scored by Ibrahimovic.

Last year the Azulgranas brushed Mallorca aside with a 0-3. In that hame, Barça was very effective, seeing that of their four shots on goal, three of them went in. The protagonists of the night were Messi, Villa and Pedro. It was Guardiola’s second victory at the Iberostar.

Draw and qualification in the Cup

Guardiola has also taken his team to Mallorca to play in the semi-finals of the King’s Cup, in the 2008/09 season, after winning by 2-0 at the Camp Nou in the away leg. The Barça side drew with the Balearic team (1-1). Castro opened up the scoring at the end of the first half and Pinto denied Martí’s penalty attempt in the second. In the dying minutes of the game, Messi, on a brilliant solo play, scored the equaliser after chipping Germán Lux. The draw was enough to give Barça a ticket to the King’s Cup final which was played against Athletic Club - that was Guardiola’s first title as manager of FC Barcleona.

Overall favourable balance for Barça

The first the Azulgranas visited Mallorca was in the 1960/61 season. Since then, Barça have played 26 Liga games in the Balearic Isalnds. In total, Barça have won 13 times, drawn 3 and lost 10. Barça have also scored 42 goals in favour and conceded 29.

Results from the previous three years

17/05/2009, Week 36, 2-1 (Eto’o, min 10; Arango, min 73 and Cléber Santana, min 78).

27/03/2010, Week 29, 0-1 (Ibrahimovic, min 62).

26/02/2011, Week 25, 0-3 (Messi, min 37; Villa, min 57 and Pedro, min 66).