Ronald Koeman appeared to be out of action earlier this month after Barca won just once in six games. But club president Joan Laporta has put an end to speculation by insisting that Koeman “deserves doubt” and will continue as coach. “I don’t think you could have been under more pressure,” Koeman said ahead of a press conference.
“As a Barcelona coach, you have to take it, no problem. I know the importance of EL Clasico.” Asked if he still felt supported by the club, Ronald Koeman said with a smile: “I have to answer every game if so. I think I’m the coach of Barcelona now, tomorrow let’s see. I feel supported by the club but I know it all depends on the results.”
Barcelona sits seventh in La Liga after winning four of their opening four games but are only two points adrift of Real Madrid. “This game will not be decided,” Koeman said. “It will just show what moment the two teams are in.” After defeating Valencia in La Liga and Dynamo Kyiv in the Champions League, a win at the Camp Nou on Sunday will close out an exciting week for Koeman and his team.
Many, however, believe that Madrid is a favorite. “We know exactly what we have, and what we need to do,” said Ronald Koeman. “I’m not scared.” Jordi Alba trained on Saturday and is ready to play, despite facing a skin problem. severe knee injury.
“We have to calm down so that he can fully recover,” said Koeman. “Ansu can’t do it on his own, he’s part of the team but he’s a player who can make a difference.”