La Liga team of the day: October 25

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It was an exciting day in La Liga on Saturday, El Clasico was the main talking point with Real Madrid taking a well deserved 3-1 win over massive rivals Barcelona.

However, there was a lot more to talk about in Spain as a number of other players also turned in brilliant performances across the top-flight.

Let's take a look at the best performers from Saturday's fixtures...

Goalkeeper: Iker Casillas

Even though Casillas hasn't been a popular man around the Bernabeu lately he certainly proved he still has something left in his gloves.

He made a big save to deny Lionel Messi from close range in the first half, and beat away a venomous shot from Jeremy Mathieu in the second. For the first time in a while he looked secure during set pieces too.

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Right Back: Dani Carvajal

You really can't look past this man on Saturday, he turned in a brilliant performance against Barca. Although slightly at fault for the first goal, he turned it around and kept the shackles on Neymar. He was excellent going forward and once again proved that Real Madrid were right to buy him back.

Centre Back: Pepe

Pepe caps off the third Madrid player so far after a good performance at the Bernabeu. He did well to subdue Messi and popped up for Madrid's second. Surprisingly he didn't booked either.... well done, Pepe!

Centre Back: Shkodran Mustafi

There were a number of players deserving of this spot but Mustafi just makes it ahead of them. He was part of solid 3-1 against Elche, helping Valencia continue to prove they are right in the running. He topped of the win with a goal, two tackles and 81 percent pass accuracy.

Left Back: Marcelo

Arguably the MOTM in El Clasico, he was all over the pitch and caused nightmares for Brazilian teammate Dani Alves. Marcelo proved that he still has it at the top level.

Right Mid: James Rodriguez

Another Real Madrid man but a very deserving one too. James is showing all his doubters that he really is a class player.

He played a number of telling passes and provide a lovely assist for Karim Benzema to score Madrid's third. Cap that off with three successful tackles and you have a brilliant performance from the Colombian.

Centre Mid: Daniel Parejo

Another Valencia man, and again a superb performance. He shepherded away any danger to his back line, made four tackles and added a goal. Another great game for the Spaniard.

Centre Mid: Luka Modric

There is quite the Madrid theme going on so far, but Modric must be included. He patrolled midfield with grace and poise. He completed all of his passes, made three tackles and started just about every Madrid counter. Wonderful, wonderful Modric.

Left Mid: Pablo Piatti

There really is not much to say about this man. He played perhaps the best all round game of the day. Three dribbles, three tackles and two assists. Pure class.

Striker: Xisco

The striker spot is normally reserved for world class goalscorers but today it is used for a super sub. Xisco game on a the half with his team down 1-0 to Granada and took his time until netting the 88th minute equaliser for Cordoba. Well played.

Striker: Karim Benzema

There was no leaving him out. Benzema has never really had his name cheered by the Bernabeu faithful but, at the weekend, he finally got what he deserved.

And of course when fickle Madrid fans cheer for you, you must be in the Team of the Day.

Benzema was incredible in the link-up play and generated chance after chance. He hit the woodwork twice and ended the day with a well taken goal after a classic counter attack.

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