It would be very important for Madrid to kick off their 2015/2016 Champions League by collecting all three pointd available against Shakhtar. Madrid and the Ukrainian team released the official lineups .
Real Madrid Starting XI: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Isco, Kroos, Modrić; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Shakhtar Donetsk Starting XI (To Be Confirmed): Pyatov; Srna, Kucher, Rakitskiy, Shevchuk; Stepanenko, Fred, Marlos, Taison; Alex Teixeira; Gladkiy.
Benítez decides to start Toni Kroos again after the German sat on the bench during Madrid's 0-6 win against Espanyol. Kroos should help his team a lot as his passing ability will be crucial against Shakhtar's pressing. Other than that, Benítez decided not to rotate his squad and gave Varane the nod ahead of Pepe. The Spanish manager will likely make some changes for Saturday's Liga BBVA match against Granada, a game that should be manageable enough to give his starters some rest.
This is a must-win game for Real Madrid.