Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid starting XIs: mystery surrounds Carlo Ancelotti selection

The team sheets are out, and we now know the starting line-ups for Real Madrid vs. Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu this evening.

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Much of the pre-match talk surrounds the unusual selection from home boss Carlo Ancelotti, who has selected three of his centre backs in Pepe, Rafael Varane and Sergio Ramos – prompting speculation that one will be deployed in midfield.

The alternate option is that the club will switch to a back three with wing backs, as with Marcelo ruled out of the game with injury, Fabio Coentrao will be on the left side of the defence.

On the opposite side, Dani Carvajal will play after avoiding punishment for his punch on Mario Mandzukic in the first leg.

The Croatian again starts up front for Atleti, and will likely relish the reunion with Carvajal. However, having scored his 20th goal of the season in La Liga at the weekend, Antoine Griezmann will be Diego Simeone’s biggest goal threat.

Full teams follow below.

Real Madrid:

Atletico Madrid:

Written team: Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Miranda, Jesus Gamez; Tiago, Koke; Saul Niguez, Turan, Griezmann; Mandzukic.

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