Neymar believes Barcelona will win El Calsico

Neymar believes Barcelona will win El Calsico
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Barcelona will win El Calsico, Claims Neymar
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Neymar is confident that he can help his Barcelona side beat rivals Real Madrid on Saturday when the clubs meet in La Liga’s famous El Clasico.

The derby will be the Brazilian international’s first since he joined the club from Santos in the summer and he is certain his side will take all three points from the highly anticipated game.

In eight La Liga appearances, the 21-year-old has scored twice and assisted in five goals and he is ready to shine in Saturday’s match.

When asked whether he had talked to any players ahead of his first El Clasico, Neymar told AS: "Yes, [Real Madrid’s] Marcelo and I have talked a little bit about the Clasico.

"We have a fantastic relationship, he is a good friend, but I told him that Barcelona are going to win.

"The Clasico is the most important game for any player and is the match every player wants to play in. It is the game where each player wants to play his best football.

"This will be my first Clasico and I hope to have a great debut, preferably with a victory."

Neymar has experienced many high-profile matches throughout his professional career and, although he admits he will feel anxiety prior to kick-off, he believes his build-up to the match will be the same to any game.

"I think the anxiety is the same before any match," he continued. "I understand that we are talking about a very important Clasico. But I think that butterfly-in-the-stomach feeling is the same before any game.

"There are many derbies in Brazil. The one against Palmeiras was my first so-called Clasico and I played a good game. It was a semi-final and we won and I put in a good performance.

"Then, against Corinthians, in a final which we lost and against Sao Paulo, in a semi-final which we won and I had the joy of scoring three goals,” the winger concluded.

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