Daniel Alves says that he is expecting the clash between Real Madrid and Barcelona to be very intense. La Liga’s big guns will do battle in Catalunya in what is one of the most anticipated clashes in recent years, with Los Blancos holding a slender one-point advantage over their rivals at the summit of the Primera Division.

Daniel Alves, speaking after the Blaugrana had eased past Panathinaikos in the Champions League to finish top of their section, was pleased with the win and the performance, but couldn’t help but focus on the challenge that awaits.

He stated: “It was the result that we wanted, we pressed our rival but once we got our goals that task was met and the match was finished. I’m happy to help the team whenever possible."