Real Madrid v Atletico: Ancelotti’s predicted XI as Bale, Benzema & star midfielder are out

RM – Isco

Tipped as the player to star in the absence of midfield ace Luka Modric – who has been ruled out for six weeks according to the Guardian – having excelled in the past when the Croatian has been missing.


RCM – Asier Illarramendi

The midfielder’s opportunities have been limited this season, but he is desperate to remain with the Spanish giants, and like Isco, will be eager to step into the hole left by Modric.

LCM – Toni Kroos

The German keeps possession of the ball excellently, and will be key in keeping the Real midfield secure, as well as looking to threaten stopper Jan Oblak.

LM – James Rodriguez

The Colombian is in fine goalscoring form, and was unlucky not the get on the scoresheet in the first-leg with Oblak in formidable form at the Vicente Calderon.

James Rodríguez

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