Koeman Unfazed Despite Barca Loss to Los Blancos

Ronald Koeman feels no need to push the panic button even as Barcelona went down in defeat to rivals Real Madrid in their latest Clasico duel in the La Liga.

Despite the mounting pressure, Koeman said he wants to ``enjoy the time I have left’’ as Barca boss.

He said that to reporters as Barca prepares to meet hosts Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday, and vowed his side cannot afford two straight defeats.


``I'm a grown up and I know how these things work," the 58-year-old Koeman said on Tuesday, three days after his side lost 2-1 to Real Madrid at Camp Nou. ``I want to enjoy the time that I have left, if it is eight years, six months, one year, or some weeks. I think it's important that we win this game in Madrid, we cannot afford back-to-back losses.’’

After the defeat to Madrid, Koeman's car was surrounded by some Barcelona supporters, who he branded as ``uneducated people’’.

Barca are down to ninth in the La Liga standings with 15 points after nine matches. They are six pints off leaders Real Sociedad and four off second pacers Real Madrid.

Rayo Vallecano are seventh, one point ahead of Barca. They will now be inspired by the arrival of veteran Colombia striker Radamel Falcao.


They have won four of their last six games and will be cheered on by the home crowd at Estadio de Vallecas, while Barca may be without teenage forward Ansu Fati because of pain in the knee he had surgery on.

``They (Rayo) are a really tough team to beat and they are even better this season,’’ said Koeman. "We'll have to be in our best shape to beat them in their home. ‘’He (Fati) doesn't feel right, we will decide on Wednesday morning if he makes the trip.’’

Barca have beaten Rayo in their last three la Liga duels, the last via an emphatic 4-0 victory as visitors.


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