I could not be underneath extra strain, says Koeman


MADRID:

Ronald Koeman mentioned on Saturday it’s not doable for him to be underneath extra strain as Barcelona put together to face Real Madrid within the first Clasico of the season.

Koeman seemed to be getting ready to dropping his job earlier this month after Barca had gained solely as soon as in six matches.

But the membership’s president Joan Laporta moved to finish the hypothesis by insisting Koeman “deserved the benefit of the doubt” and would keep on as coach.

“I don’t think it’s possible to be under more pressure,” mentioned Koeman on the eve of match press convention.

“As Barcelona coach you have to take it, no problem. I know the importance of a Clasico.”

Asked if he nonetheless felt the backing of the membership, Koeman mentioned smiling: “I have to answer every game if that’s the case. I think I am the coach of Barcelona now, tomorrow let’s see. I feel supported by the club but I know everything depends on results.”

Barcelona sit seventh in La Liga after successful 4 of their opening eight video games however they’re solely two factors behind Real Madrid.

“This game won’t be decisive,” mentioned Koeman.

“It will just show what kind of moment the two teams are in.”

After beating Valencia in La Liga and Dynamo Kiev within the Champions League, a victory at Camp Nou on Sunday would spherical off an encouraging week for Koeman and his group.

Yet many imagine Madrid are favourites.

“We know exactly what we have, and what we have to do,” mentioned Koeman. “I don’t have any fear.”

Jordi Alba skilled on Saturday and is able to play, regardless of struggling a minor ankle drawback in midweek.

Ansu Fati is anticipated to start out after starting on the bench in opposition to Dynamo, with Koeman managing the 18-year-old’s minutes after he not too long ago recovered from a severe knee harm.

“We have to keep calm so that he can fully recover,” mentioned Koeman.

“Ansu cannot do it on his own, he is part of the team but he is a player who can make a difference.”

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