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Champions League, Real Madrid vs Schalke: Projected lineups

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Expecting rotations? Keep waiting.

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Schalke 04 Projected XI: Wellenreuther; Höwedes, Matip, Nastasić; Uchida, Fuchs; Neustädter, Barnetta, Meyer; Choupo-Moting, Huntelaar.

Real Madrid Projected XI: Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; Lucas Silva, Kroos, Isco; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Carlo Ancelotti explained during his pre-match press conference that his team is not tired, and that's pretty much announcing that he is not going to rotate his squad for this match. The Italian will likely wait until Real Madrid's manageable game this weekend against Levante, where Toni Kroos and Isco could be forced to sit in order to ensure their presence in El Clásico -- they will miss the match against Barcelona if they get booked on Sunday --.

Schalke will need to stop playing defensively if they want to overcome their two-goal deficit, and that should open up a lot of space for Real's offensive line. If Ancelotti's men play this game the right way, this will be a meaningless match.