Ronald Koeman

will experience his first classic as a coach this Saturday.

As a footballer, he experienced great victories and bitter defeats.

He knows very well that everything that happened before the game takes a back seat as soon as the referee blows his whistle and the ball rolls onto the pitch.

For this reason, he is convinced that

Zinedine Zidane's team will

not take their toll on the defeats against Cádiz and Shakhtar Donetsk.

"When you make mistakes, you want to improve. Neither they nor we will lack motivation. I do not expect a vulnerable Madrid, but quite the opposite," argued the Barça coach.

"There is always pressure, for both teams, in this game. It does not depend on the last result, neither for them nor for us. It may be that I have not been at their level in the last two games, especially at home, but that is not. it means that they come with low morale. It is a great team, very experienced and they know how to withstand that pressure. I do not think that what happened will have an influence on the final result, "he insisted.

From his point of view, the lack of public in the stands harms Barça's interests in this case.

"Not having anyone in such a big field, who helps and creates an atmosphere for the local team, is very strange, but we have to get used to it. I hope that, little by little, we will have people, especially in this type of game. He is almost one more player on the field, "he said.

"Being a Barça player is something different from other teams. If it is a Barça-Madrid, much more. Motivation is never lacking. The important thing is to keep a cool head and think only about the game, about your team. Lack of public takes away morbid, because if there are people there is more atmosphere, more pressure for the referee ... For every player, young or experienced, Barça-Madrid is something more. Concentrating and leaving the rest aside is essential " , stressed the Dutch.

Negotiations for wages

As for the youth, Koeman wanted to make it clear that clothes will not hurt when betting on young players.

As long as, of course, they have earned that trust in training.

"For me, the most important thing is the performance of each player, personally I do not see advantages in having a very experienced team. Young people, to gain experience, have to play," said the Barça coach.

"If you have young players, you have to give them the opportunity if they deserve it.

Ansu Fati

, at 17, is already playing for the national team and, of course, he will be a star in the future, but he still has to work, develop and we we have to support him. And that also applies to the rest of the young players, "he insisted.

The classic, for Barça, comes with a somewhat rarefied external climate.

On the one hand, due to the negotiations between the club and the players so that they defer part of their salary payments.

"I'm not worried about that. If I see that an outside issue affects them, I go for them. It is normal that because of the Covid-19 issue they want to lower wages, I understand the club, but I also understand the players. The important thing, in my case, it is to focus on training well and winning games. On the one hand there is the extra-sports and, on the other, your role as a Barcelona player, "said Koeman, who also addressed another thorny issue: the interview in which

Gerard Piqué

has confessed his tense relationship with

Josep Maria Bartomeu


"A special memory of 5-0"

"Gerard has been here for many years, I have only been two or three months. He has his opinion and I respect it and he knows that after an interview of this type he has to be very focused and play well. The most important thing is that he is very involved in it. match, and it is, "the coach slipped as a way to further motivate the central defender.

In defense, precisely, there could be a novelty: the return of

Jordi Alba

, who already has a medical discharge.

Marc-André Ter Stegen

, meanwhile, is still off the list.

"The player has the last word, he knows if he is fit to play or not. We will decide on Saturday. If there is no problem, he has many possibilities to play," confessed the coach, who understands that for Real Madrid it would also be very important to be able to count on

Sergio Ramos


"We have to think of ourselves. The opponent has his quality when he has the ball, we know that he has made a 4-4-2 more than a 4-3-3 against Barcelona and, surely, they will not leave the spaces that They left Cádiz and Shakhtar. We hope for a more compact Madrid and the fact that Ramos may be present or not is important to them. He is a great center-back, has a lot of character on the field and can influence the image of the team, "he analyzed. a Koeman who hopes to take home a good memory of his first classic as a coach.

"I played quite a few, I won and lost games. On a personal level, I have a special memory of 5-0, where I scored a nice goal from a free-kick, and also my first, in which I scored two penalties and had to repeat one of them. I shot three penalties and scored two, and that's not very normal. The first, precisely because it's the first, is always a bit more special than the others, "he concluded.

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