Ronald Koeman, Barcelona manager, faces his first ‘Clásico’ as manager. As a player, the Dutchman had a positive balance against his eternal rival: six wins, three draws, and five defeats.
Ronald Koeman’s first ‘Clásico’ as Barcelona manager will be on Saturday 24th October. They come into the match needing a win after their recent punctures against Sevilla and Getafe.
It will be a test of fire for a Dutch manager who will come into the ‘Clásico’ with a positive background against Los Blancos from his time as a Barca player.
The hero of Wembley played for the club between 1989 and 1995. The ex-Netherlands manager was able to play 14 matches against Madrid in these 6 years.
Ronald has a positive balance against Los Blancos: 6 wins, three draws, and 5 defeats. Also, for good and for bad, he played in several historic ‘Clásicos’.
Koeman had the pleasure of participating with a great free-kick in the remembered 5-0 win of Cruyff’s Barca over Madrid, but he also suffered the hammering away to Los Blancos.
Now Ronald will try to fatten his balance against a Madrid giving orders to Messi, De Jong, Ansu Fati and co. from the sidelines. And Koeman knows better than anyone how to start these kinds of matches with a win (in his first ‘Clásico’ he scored 2 goals in the first steps of the ‘Dream Team’). This is a good omen for the future.