Ronald Koeman spoke to Barça TV from Southampton, where he is currently coaching, about Barça and Saturday’s Clásico at 8.30pm CET.

He insists that the Catalans “are the favourites because right now they have the best forwards, the way Messi, Suárez and Neymar Jr are performing is amazing. But the heart and soul of the Club also means players like Busquets, Iniesta and Piqué, who are being managed by great coaches and a great team of directors, where the atmosphere is very calm.”

Asked about games with Real Madrid in which he featured as a player, the Dutchman remembers that “it’s a game with a lot of rivalry, there is no better match. The one I most remember was my first, we won 3-1 and I scored two penalties. And I had to retake one of them, so I scored three penalties against Madrid, not many people can say that, can they?”

But although the former defender is convinced that Barça’s lead in La Liga is as good as definitive, he is wary of what Real Madrid might be able to do in the Champions League. “It’s a very different matter in Europe” he says. “And they are always a team that needs to be taken into account.”

Ronald Koeman : "Barça is favorite in El Clasico" by fcbarcelona
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