Barcelona midfielder Xavi admits he fears Real Madrid players rather than Jose Mourinho, but believes his side can maintain their well established dominance in Spain.
The Spain international is used to seeing his club mint their own fortunes in La Liga and across Europe following last season's success in the Champions League.
And despite Real Madrid spending on the transfer market with the arrivals of players like Fabio Coentrao and Nuri Sahin, Xavi feels his side will continue to shine.
"I am more worried about their [Real Madrid] players rather than the coach," Xavi told El Mundo Deportivo.
"They have signed well and they have experience as well as a high level of playing and they are strong in defence.
"Madrid are very good which is why Barcelona deserve more credit for having dominated the Liga against them and for having knocked them out of the Champions League."
With the new season looming, Xavi believes their successful trend can be maintained and feels new arrivals such as Alexis Sanchez will help to keep them ahead of the rest.
"I am very excited as we have many great players with talent like Alexis Sanchez who will help and if Cesc Fabregas joins from Arsenal that will help too. I am ready for the new season," he added.
Pep Guardiola's men play Club America on Saturday in a friendly match.