This is much more than a regular Liga BBVA game for Real Madrid. After the struggles under Rafa Benítez, the fanbase, the players and the board will be hoping to see some big improvements now that Zidane has taken over as the coach. The atmosphere within Real Madrid's camp seems much better and the roster is reportedly impressed by their new manager, even though he's been working with them just two days.
The Starting XI seems fairly clear barring just two spots. Varane and Pepe are competing for the starting position alongside Ramos in the center of Real Madrid's defensive line and while the Portuguese defender probably cost his team two points against Valencia, his importance in the dressing room and his experience could get him the spot tonight.
James and Isco will also battle for the starting position in the offensive line with the BBC. Zidane has always had a soft spot for Isco but neither James nor him have been playing well this season, so Zidane will have to help them regain some confidence.
Time: 20:30 CET, 14:30 EST.
Venue: Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, España.
Projected Real Madrid XI: Navas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.
TV Information: BeIN Sports USA, Sky Sports 1 (UK), Others.
Stream Information: Others.