Ramis: Beat Zaragoza and we are safe

Real Mallorca defender Ivan Ramis believes the Islanders will ensure top-flight safety if they beat strugglers Real Zaragoza at home on Saturday.

Joaquin Caparros’ men have 40 points, nine more than third-from-bottom Zaragoza who are still six points adrift of safety, and Ramis is convinced a 12-point cushion above the drop zone will see his team into mid-table comfort.

“Everything depends on this weekend,” said Ramis. “It is a crucial game in which we can make certain of safety. Zaragoza are coming here and we will need to concentrate fully to win and give ourselves the breathing space we have been looking for all season.”

Mallorca-born Ramis is a product of the club’s youth academy, having begun his professional career with the B team in 2001, and apart from a loan spell at Real Valladolid in the 2005-06 season has spent his entire career with Los Bermellones.

“Although we are still not mathematically safe we need to beat Zaragoza because Granada are five points (and one place) above them,” insists Ramis. “We have to go out with the intention of getting an early goal and the important thing will be not to concede.”

Mallorca have recognised the need for the fans to get behind them after what has been a difficult 12 months with the club having fallen into administration. Consequently, it has been decided to put 2,000 tickets on sale at just €3 and €5, with the rest costing between €20 and €45, in the hope of attracting a bigger gate, something Ramis feels will help the players.

“The fans have always responded well when we have needed them and we can feel the atmosphere they generate. Mallorca’s salvation is the only thing that worries us all at the moment.”

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