Neymar gearing up for El Clasico.

Neymar and Rafinha have skill-off competition

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With El Clasico on the horizon, Barcelona's elite players will be getting in their final preparations as they prepare to take on rivals Real Madrid.

It's safe to say that Brazilian ace Neymar will have a crucial role to play at Camp Nou and he has been warming up for the contest in style.

In fact, during a training session this week, the dynamic superstar was involved in a skill-off with teammate Rafinha.


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And, unsurprisingly, there was only one winner. 

As you can see in the video below, Neymar absolutely dominated his teammate, producing trick after trick. Rafinha, on the other hand, appeared to struggle to even perform a couple of measly kickups. 

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Anyway, you can check out the video for yourself here: 

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A victory for Barcelona on Saturday will all but end Real's hopes of catching them in La Liga. With a comfortable lead at the summit of the division, Luis Enrique's side will take another step closer to domestic success by securing maximum points. 

Balague predicts 

But will they be able to do the double over Real? Well, Sky Sports pundit Guillem Balague has admitted that he has no idea who will win this weekend's crunch clash. 

Balague claims that the two clubs' recent form counts for nothing and has tipped Welshman Gareth Bale to produce the goods in the highly anticipated contest. 

In a Q&A for Sky Sports, when asked who will secure the points this weekend, Balague stated: "I have no idea. People always look at the stats like previous encounters, the fact Barcelona beat Real 4-0 at the Santiago Bernabeu and the form of both sides. People will look at the fact 10 points separate Barcelona from Real Madrid and the fact the Barca front three have scored more goals than the Real front three, but it counts for nothing.

"For instance, 4-0 at the Bernabeu is something you didn’t expect at the beginning of the season, especially when Lionel Messi was on the bench. Barca weren’t playing that great that day, so anything is really possible.


"The interesting thing about this Barcelona compared to say Pep Guardiola’s Barca or Tito Vilanova’s side is that it gives you the chance to play box-to-box. They are quite comfortable with that. Any other team gets killed playing that way but Real could take advantage of it if the front three are as sharp as I think they are.

"I don’t know why but I’ve got the impression this could be a big game for Bale. Both the club and Zinedine Zidane are expecting that from him. Physically, he is back to some form of sharpness so this could be his Clasico. However, don’t forget Barcelona have not beaten Real Madrid at the Camp Nou since the Mourinho era."

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