The first Clasico of the season is around the corner and it could be one of the best of the decade. Both teams reach the game in great shape and after spending the better part of the last month crushing their rivals, now it will be time to see what they really are made of when they face the toughest of competitions.
Here are the top men youll need to watch for in el Clasico, other than Messi, Ronaldo or Neymar
Claudio Bravo: The Chilean goalkeeper has not received a single goal against his net in the three months he has been with Barcelona. However, he is one of Cristiano Ronaldos favorite victims, as he has already scored on the Chilean nine goals since hes been in Spain. Unless Bravo is able to deal with the pressure of el Clasico, Luis Enrique will be holding his breath for the better part of the 90 minutes.
Toni Kross: Real Madrids star signing this summer, despite the arrival of James Rodriguez. Kross has proven to be developing into a world-class defensive midfielder, despite his abilities to be an attacking leader. Ancelotti could not be happier with him, although he has yet to score a goal for Real Madrid. Maybe he has been holding off until el Clasico.
Andres Iniesta: The silent leader of Barcelona wants to make a splash. He has been working hard in the shadows of Messi and Neymar to hold the team together, and has meshed quite well with Ivan Rakitic. He will be wearing the teams captain armband for the first time in el Clasico, and will be looking for a remake of his performance at Bernabeu last season.
Pepe: The Portuguese center back has been recovering from somo muscular problems that almost knocked him out of the game against Liverpool, but Ancelotti confirmed he will play against the blaugranas. Pepe has been performing at a very high-level all season long, and Ancelotti knows he is key in the defensive end for his team. Varane has been a good backup for him and Sergio Ramos, but is one hundred percent healthy, Pepe has very little competition anywhere in Europe.
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Dani Alves: His last Clasico at Bernabeu, and the Brazilian will want to have a performance to be remembered. No other player in the team loves being in the center of the controversy as much as Alves, and when he faces Real Madrid, his persona gets inflated and his yearning to steal the spotlight grows by the second. Hes been consistently better this season, and his connection with Messi is still impeccable. Alves could be key for Luis Enrique.