Barcelona v Actual Madrid: Ronald Koeman couldn’t ‘be beneath extra stress’

Barcelona have received their final two video games going into El Clasico

Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman mentioned he doesn’t “suppose it is doable to be beneath extra stress” earlier than his facet host rivals Actual Madrid on Sunday.

Barcelona are seventh in La Liga going into El Clasico whereas Actual are third.

“As Barcelona coach it’s important to take it [pressure], no downside. I do know the significance of a Clasico,” mentioned Koeman.

Requested if he felt he had the backing of the membership, he added: “I’ve to reply each sport if that is the case.

“I feel I’m the coach of Barcelona now, tomorrow let’s examine. I really feel supported by the membership however I do know all the things will depend on outcomes.”

Barcelona beat Valencia of their final league sport and in addition secured a victory in opposition to Dynamo Kyiv within the Champions League in midweek, having misplaced each their earlier Group E video games.

Jordi Alba picked up an ankle damage in opposition to Kyiv however is predicted to be obtainable to face Carlo Ancelotti’s Actual Madrid after collaborating in coaching.

“We received two video games in a row and the atmosphere is a lot better,” mentioned Koeman.

“There isn’t a worry from our facet. I feel we each have an excellent mixture of youth and expertise. We’re higher in ball possession and they’re very harmful counter attacking.

“We now have to concentrate on their pace once we lose possession and we have to be efficient when we have now the prospect to attain. In a sport like this, we will not afford to overlook alternatives.”

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