Opinion pieces from the Man United Zone editorial team
5 debutants who are set to create their own El Clasico legacy

#5 Jeremy Mathieu

The 31-year-old defender Jeremy Mathieu was signed by Barcelona for 20 million Euros as a replacement for Carlos Puyol. Despite being criticized the former Valencia man has highly made a great performance on the pitch. Mathieu started and completed seven out of Barcelona’s eight league games so far and has helped his side in keeping out all their oppositions so far. The Frenchman makes 2.86 interceptions and 3 clearances per game on an average and he has been the winner of 61% of all his duels all of which are an stunning return.

#4 Ivan Rakitic

The Croatian Ivan Rakivic played his last three seasons with Sevilla and when his side played the Los Blancos, he had an excellent outing personally. At the Bernabeu Rakitic scored a brace against Real. The former Sevilla man has been a regular starter for the Catalan side and has demonstrated that he is very comfortable playing the passing game with a great 91% pass completion rate.

Rakitic is a useful player for Barcelona in the El Clacico as he has combined his work rate and ability on and off the ball with his experience playing against Real Madrid.

#3 Toni Kroos

The World Cup winner is more capable of keeping the ball when his side wins possession as he averages over 93% pass completion in all competitions.

For the Real Madrid Kroos has been playing a deeper role compared to the advanced position he often occupied for Germany and Bayern Munich.

However, the German possesses a great long range shooting capability and that might be useful if the home side are not willing to open up a Barcelona defense.

Kross is popular for his stunning set-piece delivery and his top-notch cross could be useful to kick of goals as the Catalans have been exposed from set-pieces quite often.

#2 James Rodriguez

At the FIFA World Cup the Golden Boot winner realized to his dream move to the Spanish Capital. However, the Colombian got off a slow start with Real considering that he failed to make a direct impact on the game when Madrid was losing 2 of their staring three La Liga games.

In the Champions League game, James scored his first goals against Basel and continued with a goal and an assist against Deportivo. He has currently kicked off four goals and assisted three goals for Real Madrid and will be looking to add to tally on Saturday. Real Madrid are probably to miss Gareth Bale by cause of an injury and his is James’ great possibility to put in a match winning performance.

#1 Luis Suarez

This Saturday the spotlight will be on Luis Suarez and after his big money move from Liverpool this summer, the Uruguayan will make his first his first competitive appearance for Barcelona.

For four months the controversial striker was banned for biting Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini during the World Cup. Due to his lack of match match, Suarez is unlikely to begin a game of such a high magnitude but surely he will come off the bench to perform his Barcelona debut.

Last season the Uruguayan performed greatly for Liverpool as he scored 31goals in 33 league game for them and he awarded the European Golden Boot. During the World Cup he scored 2 goals in 2 games.