This weekend sees the Bernabeu host a mouthwatering clash between Madrid’s finest when Real take on Atletico in their first meeting of the new La Liga season.

Diego Simeone’s men have made a perfect start to the season, winning all of their opening six matches so far, to sit alongside Barcelona at the top of the table.

The Argentine has worked wonders with Atletico, and despite losing their star player Radamel Falcao during the summer, they look stronger than ever, and a genuine threat to break the stranglehold that Real and Barca have had on the league over recent seasons.

Real Madrid have also made a flying start to the campaign, and sit just two points behind Atletico prior to their clash on Saturday.

A last-gasp penalty away at Elche spared their blushes in a 2-1 win last time out, as Cristiano Ronaldo continued to make the headlines with another brace.

GMS contributor Alex Brown takes a look at five key players that will no doubt have a big influence on the outcome of the derby, in a match that already looks crucial to the title race.

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