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I'm not under any more pressure - Koeman ahead of El Clasico

Sat 23 October 2021 | 12:53

Barcelona started the season badly, but two consecutive wins have made Ronald Koeman optimistic about the win against Real Madrid. The Blaugrana are seventh in the table with 15 points from 8 matches and if they win against Real Madrid, they can see themselves ahead of their rivals.

"I'm not under any more pressure. Being a Barca coach, I know the importance of what is ahead,"

he said at Saturday's pre-match news conference

.

"I have lost and won Clasicos as a player. It is my first as a coach with an audience, which makes it different. I'm hopeful of winning the game.

"Winning is important as it would help us continue to build confidence with all the changes we made and the youngsters that are emerging.

"We work together to improve on the field. I don't feel like this is an exam for us, but it is a Clasico and we have to prove ourselves."

Asked if he still felt supported, Koeman said:

"I don't have to be told every day that I will continue in the job

.

"I feel supported but I know everything depends on results. It's not about a single game, though this is an important week ahead of us and we must be prepared.

Barça

have lost three and drawn once in their last four La Liga games against

Real Madrid.

A record unprecedented since 1965.

"

We enter the game in a good mood thanks to two victories

," Koeman said.

"There is a lot of enthusiasm to play and show our fans we want to win

.

"A win in a Clasico can make a lot of difference between the good or bad. We know it's one of the most important games, but there is a long season still ahead.

"We can show we are on the right track, making a positive result very important. We have to play without fear and show our desire to win from the start."

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