Barcelona boss Koeman: Form won't count facing Real Madrid today

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Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman insists form won't matter ahead of today's El Clasico against Real Madrid.

This Clasico will take place in front of no fans, which the Dutchman admits will be strange.

"Every team needs their supporters back. It is strange that in such a large stadium there is no one to create an atmosphere, in particular for the home team," he noted. "But we have to get used to it and hopefully the fans will be able to come to matches soon. In these types of matches, the fans are like a 12th man."

With Real Madrid having faltered in the last week, losing back-to-back games against Cadiz and Shakhtar Donetsk, will form play a part?

"I think there is a lot of pressure on both teams," Koeman stated. "The performance won't depend on the result of the previous game. Real Madrid may not have been at the level they would have hoped for in the last two games, but that does not mean that they will be vulnerable.

"They are a big team who know how to handle pressure and they will know that they have to win the game. Previous results will not have an effect on them."