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El Clasico: Ancelotti's player by player assesment

The former Real Madrid coach analyses tomorrow's match and gives his verdict on the 22 protagonists at the Camp Nou.
Leganés vs Barcelona

MADRID, SPAIN - JANUARY 07: Head coach Carlo Ancelotti of Real Madrid looks on during the Copa del Rey Round of 16, First Leg match between Club Atletico de Madrid and Real Madrid at Vicente Calderon Stadium on January 7, 2015 in Madrid, Spain.
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Carlo Ancelotti looks ahead to El Clasico as part of his weekly column for a Chinese media outlet with the Italian coach analyzing each player 

The future Bayern Munich coach feels that tomorrow's game is a massive test for Zidane and feels that despite the league title beyond Madrid's grasp, a win at Cam Nou will provide a morale boost to the team from the Spanish capital and aid the quest for the 11th European Cup ahead of next week's quarter final. Despite his analysis the Italian coach refused to be drawn on a result for tomorrow's game.

El Clasico preview by Ancelotti via the 1-X-2 format: 

Bravo - Keylor Navas | X

Both are having a great season and on many's an occasion Keylor Navas' stops have been decisive for Real Madrid.

Dani Alves - Carvajal | X

Both have a strong attacking capacity and Dani Alves especially will need to be careful of his forays forward.

Piqué - Pepe | 1

Piqué is having an excellent season and has a habit of making the right decision. Pepe needs more continual playing time but he is a player with great individual talent and speed.

Mascherano - Ramos | 2

Despite him not starting off his playing days as a centre back Mascherano has provided to be a solid defender. Sergio Ramos is the heart of the Real Madrid rear-guard and always shines in these big games.

Jordi Alba - Marcelo | 2

Both players have a similar playing style and provide an added attacking alternative for both sides. I do feel that Marcelo is a more decisive figure at Madrid than Jordi Alba for Barcelona.

Busquets - Casemiro | 1

Make no mistake Busquets is one of the best midfielders in the world at the moment and his tactical awareness is second to none. He is incredibly tactically astute and the key player at Barça at the moment. In my view, Casemiro is not as decisive as Busquets although he is playing well with.

Rakitic - Kroos | 1

Rakitic is incredible form at the moment es increíble and his mental and physical contribution for Barcelona this season has been essential. Kroos is alos a key player for Madrid but I'd suggest that under the level Rakitic.

Iniesta - Modric | X

Both are among the finest in their respective sides. They are the creative engine and a huge assets to the creative engine in both teams.

Neymar - Bale | 1

Neymar is having an incredible season and  is in a fantastic vein of form. Bale is alos a key player for Madrid despite having a complicated season through injury. At this point in time, for me Neymar is the better player.

Luis Suárez - Benzema | X

They are both diferent types of striker. Luis Suárez is a born finisher and can wreak havoc for any defence. He is in great form at present. Benzema is also playing well but he is lacking in goals at present. This is a tricky one to call.

Messi - Cristiano | X

What can I say? Both are in fine form and we're looking the the best players in thew world.


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