After completing the signing of Mateo Kovacic, Real Madrid fans will be looking forward to see some improvements days ahead of the Liga BBVA debut against Sporting Gijón. Rafa Benítez will need to be careful with the minutes of his squad in order to keep his players fresh, but the manager will also try to build some momentum for next Sunday's match.
Real Madrid Starting XI: Navas; Danilo, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric; Cristiano, Bale, Isco; Jesé.
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This could be Real's starting XI against Gijón, although James could possibly take the spot away from Isco as well. It will be very interesting to see how these two players perform tonight, because Benítez needs to make a decision about his starting lineup really soon.
Danilo also starts ahead of Carvajal even though the Spanish completed a better pre-season. This might don't mean anything, but it also could reveal Benítez's plans for Gijón.