Real Madrid vs Juventus: Predicted Los Blancos XI, as Gareth Bale looks to silence critics

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Real Madrid lost the first-leg of their Champions League semi-final tie with Juventus 2-1, but with the second-leg to come at the Santiago Bernabeu, the tie is far from finished.

Karim Benzema looks poised to make his comeback on Wednesday night in a more familiar starting XI for coach Carlo Ancelotti.

Here’s how we think Los Blancos will line up…

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GK – Iker Casillas

The stopper was on the receiving end of whistles from the home crowd for his performance in the 2-2 La Liga draw with Valencia. Carlo Ancelotti, however, is set to stick with the under-fire Spaniard on Wednesday night having started throughout their Champions League campaign.

RB – Dani Carvajal

The right-back gave away the penalty that led to Carlos Tevez’s winner in Turin, and is fortunate to be playing in the second-leg. A more disciplined performance will be needed.

RCB – Sergio Ramos

Gareth Bale’s heavy criticism after the first-leg seemed to overshadow the dismal performance of Ramos. His passing in midfield was woeful. Fans will be hoping that Kroos is able to play – allowing the Spaniard to move back into defence.

Sergio Ramos

LCB – Pepe

Raphael Varane looked out of his depth in the first-leg, and Carlo Ancelotti may prefer to choose the experienced Portuguese centre-back to take his place.

LB – Marcelo

As is typical of the Brazilian’s performances, he surged forward at every chance in Turin. However, he will need to concentrate on his defending at the Bernabeu, too.

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