Barcelona manager Ronald Koeman has stated that his team would play fearlessly when they face Real Madrid in the first Clasico of the season at Camp Nou on Sunday.
Prior to the international break in October, Koeman was on the verge of being fired after a six-game losing streak. However, president Joan Laporta opted to grant him a stay of execution.
Back-to-back victories against Valencia and Dynamo Kyiv this week have taken some of the burden off Koeman, and a win over Madrid would see them leapfrog Carlo Ancelotti’s side in the table.
“We’ve won two games in a row and the sensations are good,” Koeman said in a news conference today.
“The Clasico is one of the most important games of the season and a chance to show that we are on the right path. The result is important, but it won’t be decisive because there is still a long way to go.
“We have to play without fear. We’re confident. We know what we can do and we want to show that. We are at home, we will have our fans behind us and I’m not going into the game with any fear.”
Barcelona have 15 points from eight games in LaLiga this season, two fewer than Real Madrid, who lost their last league game to Espanyol.
Koeman on the difference between the two sides…
“If there is any difference between the two teams it’s that they’re more experienced in some areas,” the Dutch coach added.
“But we also have experience. They have youngsters like us, too, so it’s more or less the same. I don’t see a clear favourite for the game.”