Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: 5 Early Thoughts on the 1st Clasico This Season

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Barcelona vs. Real Madrid: 5 Early Thoughts on the 1st Clasico This Season
Will Messi and Ronaldo be the chief protagonists once again?

El Clasico. Barcelona vs. Real Madrid. Spain vs. Catalonia. Lionel Messi vs. Cristiano Ronaldo. This truly is one club game that has it all.

More subplots than any TV thriller, the football is almost secondary to the chaos that surrounds this fixture—and what a fixture.

Since May 2, 2009, when Barca dramatically triumphed, 6-2, in the Santiago Bernabeu on the way to an unprecedented treble, we have had the pleasure of an astonishing 20 El Clasicos.

Far from neutralising our enjoyment, the appetite is still whet, and the recent additions of Gareth Bale and Neymar add yet another layer to this intriguing match-up.

Let's take a look at some early thoughts on the first El Clasico of this, the 2013/14 La Liga season.

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