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Lucas Silva will start against Schalke 04

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Lucas Silva will be back in Real Madrid's Starting XI for the UEFA Champions League match against Schalke 04. The Brazilian player is going to take care of the pre-match press conference alongside Carlo Ancelotti, a clear sign that he will make the team's starting lineup.

Silva completed a couple of good performances when given the chance to start, but stayed on the bench on Real Madrid's 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao. Illarramendi started in his place but failed to make a big impact again, so expect Silva to be Real Madrid's first backup midfielder when Modric is healthy enough to start regularly.

Real Madrid have a 0-2 advantage in the tie, so the ticket to the Champions League Quarterfinals should be all but sealed. It will be interesting to see how Ancelotti manages his squad considering that they will also play next Sunday against Levante. Some of the players might need a rest before the upcoming Clásico, but will Ancelotti make rotations?

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