The midfielder will play his first Madrid - FC Barcelona as captain of the blaugrana team
This Saturday at 6.15 pm CET, Andrés Iniesta will play his 32nd Classic. But it won't be like the other ones. For the first time, Iniesta (31) will participate in the match as the captain of FC Barcelona for the first time.
With the departure of Xavi and Puyol in the last seasons, the footballer of Fuentalbilla has become the most experienced player in the squad and the first team captain. Iniesta has assumed the role with ease. He is not afraid of talking or protesting an action to the referee. This season he has already seen two yellow cards to talk with the referee bluntly, something unusual for a player like him, quiet and calm. Iniesta knows that he must be the leader of the squad.
In those 31 games against Madrid, Iniesta has scored two goals in 13 wins, 8 draws and 10 defeats. The next footballer in the squad with more Clásicos played is Messi, with 30. Xavi has the absolute record, with 42 games.
Regarding Real Madrid, Sergio Ramos will also play his first Clásico as captain of the white team. With the departure of Casillas, the Andalusian has climbed a step, so it will be interesting to see what his role is on Saturday. With shoulder problems, Ramos will get a pain-killing injection to play against Barcelona, another proof of the commitment of center-back, but something which can lead to consequences in case of a relapse.