El Clasico: Bale ready for BBC v MSN showdown

Gareth Bale believes Real Madrid and Barcelona are fully educated on the strengths of their opponent’s strikeforce ahead of their Clasico clash on Saturday at Camp Nou.

Karim Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo each found the net last time out in the 4-0 win over Sevilla and all are expected to be named in Real’s starting line-up for the historic Spain derby.

Madrid’s ‘BBC’ frontline will come head to head with the lethal Barca trio of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar, who will spearhead the prolific table-toppers.

Former Tottenham winger Bale is adamant both teams will be under no illusion of the talents of their rivals when the game kicks off.

“The MSN is made ​​up of world-class players and they are doing very well at the moment,” the Welsh international said.

“We know everything we can know about them, and they know all that may know about us. We three, we have a very good relationship and we play well together. But it’s not for us to judge whether we are the best or not.

“The media give their opinion, people also and the only thing we can do is go on the field and try to score.”

Bale has been particularly pleased with the return to fitness of comrade Benzema, who has recently recovered from a three week spell on the sideline with a muscle strain.

“It is excellent news that he returns from injury,” the 26-year-old added.

“He’s an important player for us. He is a world class striker and he showed this season with the number of goals he scored. He is a good tip to our attack line and hope he comes back [from international duty with France] with the same shape as before.”

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