After Barcelona's defeat in the Champions League to Rubin Kazan on Tuesday evening, former coach Johan Cruyff has told Pep Guardiola not to worry as it is better to lose early on in the season than at the end.
"It's well known that games will be lost over the course of the season," Cruyff explained to Sport.
"It's always better that these defeats come at the start."
The Blaugrana could even have lost against Valencia at the weekend, but held out for a 0-0 draw at the Mestalla.
Cruyff believes that los Che played "perfectly" against the Spanish champions, whose lead has been cut to one point at the top of the table.
However, he thinks that Real Madrid are under heavier pressure than Pep Guardiola's side due to their summer of free-spending.
"With everything that has been spent, they are under enormous pressure [to succeed]," the Dutch legend concluded.
Anthony Wright, Goal.com