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Koeman: "I don't think Madrid are strong enough to defeat Barça"

He also thinks that Barça-Madrid games "are the most special games you can play"

Koeman: "I don't think Madrid are strong enough to defeat Barça"
Koeman: "I don't think Madrid are strong enough to defeat Barça"

He also thinks that Barça-Madrid games "are the most special games you can play"

Ronald Koeman, current coach of Southampton, gave an interview to Barça TV - recorded before Johan Cruyff passed away - in which he remembered his past games against Madrid, as well as he went over Barça's news.

The coming Barça-Madrid

  • "Barça are the favourites, they have a good point margin. But I don't think Madrid are strong enough to defeat them, if they play at their level."
  • "In the Champion's League it could be different, because it is another competition, in which Madrid must be considered."

Memory of Barça-Madrid games

  • "I have very good memories, because they are the most special games you can play, with a strong rivalry. There isn't any better game."
  • "I'm stuck with the first one [07/10/1989], that we won 3-1. I shot 2 penalty kicks, I had to retake the first one. To score 3 penalty kicks to Madrid... Who can say that!"

The current team

  • "As for today, Barça have the best players. The performance of the 3 up front is impressive."
  • "But there are also players like Busquets, Iniesta, Piqué... They're the heart of Barça, those Catalan or foreign players, well managed by very good coaches."

Suárez

  • "I know him from Ajax. He showed he was too good for the Dutch League and he went to England."
  • "Despite his struggling start in Barcelona, he showed how fantastic he is."

Neymar

  • "He has quality. He is still young but he will explode."
  • "He is very important, quick, he scores. Every quality you want from a forward."

Messi

  • "He's Messi. I could say 1000 more words, but he's the best in the world by far."
  • "He's capable of doing great things on his own."