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La Liga 2013, Real Madrid Vs. Malaga: Official Match Thread

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Welcome to your official match thread as Real Madrid prepare to square off against Malaga in the Santiago Bernabeu.

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

The international break has passed us by and it's time to get back down to business in what will be a crucial set of fixtures over the next few weeks. Los Blancos will obviously want to head into their matches with Juventus and Barcelona with the kind of positive momentum a victory today will provide.

Real Madrid starting XI: Lopez, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Carvajal, Khedira, Illarramendi, Di Maria, Isco, Ronaldo and Morata

Malaga starting XI: Caballero, Gamez, Weligton, Antunes, Sanchez, Camacho, Portillo, Tissone, Eliseu, El Hamdaoui and Samuel

Real Madrid substitutes: Casillas, Arbeloa, Nacho, Bale, Casemiro, Modric, Jese

Interesting selections from Carlo Ancelotti. No Benzema at all due to a slight knock in training on Thursday. Never like to see Modric on the bench these days, but I'm sure Ancelotti is thinking long-term in this instance.

Let's do this!