El Casico is on Saturday - Barcelona vs Real Madrid, the biggest game in world football. But just how much paramount is this fixture?
Barcelona are the current champions, but this summer Real Madrid made it transparent how much winning the title back means to them by signing Bale for over £80 million.
Barcelona also made their own statement.
Barcelona captured the Brazilian superstar Neymar this summer, arguably one of the hottest talents in the world.
Barcelona made it clear they meant business, but when Real Madrid then broke the transfer record by signing Gareth Bale they made a hefty statement.
However, nine weeks into La Liga and Barcelona remain on the throne and have continued to subjugate the Spanish league, although Real Madrid are chasing Barcelona.
This Saturday is certainly a six-pointer.
If Barcelona go on to defeat Real Madrid they will be six points ahead of Madrid and will be in the seat of authority in the La Liga battle.
Whereas if Real Madrid manage to beat the Catalan giants they will find themselves level with Barcelona and the two sides will be adjacent.
Bale was back last weekend for Madrid after his back injury and with another week's fitness to his belt he will be in contention to start in this game of titans.
Barcelona drew 0-0 with Osasuna last weekend, whereas Real Madrid defeated Malaga 2-0.
However, on the whole, Barcelona's domestic form has been pre-eminent.
La Liga will be tight but this year, however, these aren't the only two horses in the race.
Atletico Madrid are sky high in the table, even after the departure of Radamel Falcao.
They're two points ahead of Real Madrid and are second in the league.
The main reason for Atletico's fine season so far has been the fecund Diego Costa.
Costa this summer was the subject of transfer speculation and Liverpool did in fact table a bid for the striker but it was rejected.
Costa's form has been among the best in world football at the start of this season and if it continues Atletico may find themselves serious title contenders.
However, this weekend it is all about El Clasico - Barcelona and Real Madrid.
The giants will be fighting for the title and this is the biggest game of the season so far.
Barcelona are favourites due to domestic form but Madrid will not be phased.
The biggest game in the world, the result will determine a number of things.
Who can deal with the pressure the most? Who has a greater chance of winning the title, and can the new signings deal with the pressure of the El Classico?
Saturday holds the answers.
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