Neymar has made an impressive impact at Barcelona thus far this season, creating a fair few goals, scoring a couple and the signs of a good relationship with Lionel Messi are certainly there.

The Real Madrid game will represent his biggest game so far in a Blaugrana shirt and it seems the Brazilian is willing and ready to take on the challenge.

Neymar told Barca TV that “the Clásico is the most important game for any player.

"It’s the match every player wants to play in, it’s the game where each player wants to play his best football. This will be my first Clásico and I hope to have a great debut, preferably with a victory.”

He also made clear he will be no more anxious or nervous than before any game. “I think the anxiety is the same before any match," he said. "I understand that we’re talking about a very important Clásico but I think that butterfly-in-the-stomach feeling is the same before any game.”

Neymar was asked what his earliest Classico memory was, and his answer was “I remember the Clásico, I believe it was in 2005, when Ronaldinho scored two goals” and labelled it the Classico he remembered most.

The new forward also went on to say that there was no need for any reminders from the more experienced Barcelona players as to how big the fixture is, pointing out that “the players, even the ones who have never experienced it, know how important a match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid is.”

Neymar also mentioned how he had told his “good friend” and Real Madrid fullback Marcelo “that FC Barcelona are going to win” this Saturday.

If Barcelona are to win, then they may well need a big performance from their star Brazilian forward in order to do so. 

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