Ronald Koeman is looking forward to his first ‘Clásico’ as FC Barcelona coach. The former national coach of Orange is also on the alert, although arch-rival Real Madrid is in less form.
‘Clásico is different from all other matches’
Real surprisingly lost 2-3 at home against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday and suffered a painful 0-1 defeat against Cádiz four days earlier in competition.
“But I don’t think they will have less confidence and that those defeats will affect them. They have a very experienced squad,” Koeman said at his press conference on Friday.
“Real just has a lot of quality. I don’t expect them to give away as much space against us as against Cádiz and Shakhtar. No, I don’t expect a vulnerable Real.”
Barcelona also went down in the previous round of La Liga (Getafe won 1-0), but recovered on Tuesday by winning 5-1 against Ferencváros in the Champions League. Yet Koeman emphasizes that none of those results say anything.
“The Clásico is a different game than any other. There is a lot of pressure involved, although I have experienced that pressure as a trainer for years.
The match between Barcelona and Real Madrid will be played in an empty Camp Nou on Saturday. The kick-off is at 4 p.m.
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