sport news Key battles that could decide El Clasico between Barcelona and

Clasico veterans Messi and Ramos can STILL be the inspirations while the battle of the Brazilians will be key... and don't forget about the game-changers on the bench... where Barcelona's showdown with TODAY could be decided Barcelona and collide in the first Clasico of the season on Saturday Match could depend on whoever comes out on top between Messi and Ramos Casemiro will have a big job on his hands to stop compatriot Philippe Coutinho 

By Pete Jenson for MailOnline

Published: 08:32 BST, 24 October 2020 | Updated: 08:32 BST, 24 October 2020


Barcelona welcome arch rivals to the Nou Camp in the first Clasico of the season on Saturday.

Both sides head into the clash following defeats last time out in the league. 

As the countdown to the Clasico continues, Sportsmail looks at five battles that could decide Barcelona and 's first duel of the season.

Messi v Ramos

The captains could be more in contact than ever providing Ramos comes through a late test on his knee and Messi starts at false nine as he has done for most of the season so far. 

No two players have played this fixture more often. Ramos has been in 44 Clasicos and Messi 43. Ramos was brilliant in the run-in last season as won the league but was at fault for the goal that beat last weekend. 

Messi is running more than ever but scoring fewer goals – especially from open play, his last three have come from the spot. he has also not scored against Madrid since 2018. Both are past their absolute best but both are still inspirationally brilliant and if either dominates the other then their team has the game half won.

Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi will tussle for domination over the other again on Saturday

Sergio Ramos and Lionel Messi will tussle for domination over the other again on Saturday

Vinicius v Sergio Roberto

It was cutting in from the left and scoring with a right foot shot that Vinicius settled the Clasico that went a long way to deciding last year's title race. Sergio Roberto was not available for the game but ought to start on Saturday. 

There is not much competition at the moment but Vinicius is probably

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