Real Madrid published the starting XI for the Club World Cup Final against Kashima.
Real Madrid Starting XI: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Vazquez, Ronaldo, Benzema.
Kashima Antlers Starting XI (To Be Confirmed): Sogahata, Nishi, Ueda, Shoji, Yamamoto, Ogasawara, Shibaski, Nakamura, Endo, Dol, Akasaki.
As expected, Zidane has decided to start Ramos and Varane in the center of Real Madrid's defensive line with Casemiro, Kroos and Modric getting a chance to gain some momentum in the midfield ahead of the Christmas break.
Vazquez is still the undisputed starter when Bale is out even though players like James, Isco or even Marco Asensio could use some more minutes. The Spanish winger needs to improve his performances though, as coach Zinedine Zidane could decide to give those three players a chance if Vazquez doesn't find the net soon.
Real are hoping to win the game and earn the World Champions badge on their shirt.