Rivaldo believes Barcelona have what it takes to bag the three points in Sunday’s Liga match against Real Madrid at Camp Nou.
Barca beat their arch-rivals 3-2 at home in the Spanish Supercopa earlier this season after Real Madrid won the league title in 2011/12.
Rivaldo, who played for Barcelona for five years beginning in 1997, believes Real Madrid face a tough task in Catalunya.
“It’s a difficult match. Complicated. You never know what’s going to happen because Madrid have a great side and they’ve won at Camp Nou in the past,” he told the club’s website.
“But playing at home, I think Barca can win.”
The Brazilian then went on to praise Tito Vilanova and said the coach would be successful at the club.
“Vilanova is a brilliant coach. Now, being (Pep) Guardiola’s replacement, who did a great job, he has a good opportunity,” Rivaldo said.
“I’m sure he’ll succeed, because he has a team that plays really well – they make football easy. I think things will go well for him.”
Rivaldo also had words of praise for Lionel Messi and the other Barca players.
“I really like humble players like Messi. I think that all the Barcelona players are humble. That’s why they do what they do,” he said.