Carlo Ancelotti spoke today about the state of some of Real Madrid's injured players. While it looks that Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale should be able to play as close to 100 percent as they can be, the third member of the BBC doesn't share the same sunny prognosis. Benz is suffering from an adductor injury and, as of the time of this writing, is not ready enough to feature. Of course, there are still several days before the final and a final evaluation will be made on the day of, but right now it's a toss-up as to whether or not we'll see the big Frenchman.
If he can't play, that begs the question: who starts in his place. Of course, Carlo can opt to play one of Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale up top as the striker but the results of such an experiment aren't sparkling. They can play the 4-4-2 with CR and Bale as the top men with ADM-Illarra-Modric-Isco behind them but something tells me that Carlo won't go that route. That leaves the choice of backup Alvaro Morata as the starting striker or potentially Isco as the false 9, something which Carlo has experimented with this season.
We all know that Morata has potential and has scored some fine goals this season, not to mention that he's coming off of a two goal game from this past weekend. However, for all his good intentions and efforts his game can be found lacking at times without many results to show for all his hustle. Isco could be an interesting choice as he provides fantastic creativity and can open up space for CR and Bale, even if he himself isn't a classical striker and finisher. The big question with Isco is if he'll be able to handle the physicality of Atleti's defenders.
So there it is, now make your pick. Of course, neither are an ideal replacement for the man who has had a huge impact in the BBC racking up an astounding 95 goals in all competitions this season and of course, he might be fit enough to play come Saturday but his replacement is a discussion which needs to be had given the current state of affairs.