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CONFIRMED lineups: Real Madrid vs Stade Reims, 2016 Bernabéu trophy

Last friendly before the real fun begins.

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It's about time to get rid of these friendlies and play some true football. But first, Real Madrid host Stade Reims in the Santiago Bernabéu trophy, the first home game for some players like Morata or Asensio.

Real Madrid Starting XI: Casillas, Danilo, Ramos, Nacho, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, James, Bale, Asensio, Morata.

Surprising lineup by Zinedine Zidane, who keeps Isco on the bench and starts both James and Asensio. The French manager could start this very same team against Real Sociedad next Sunday to give James more confidence, as the Colombian is reportedly on his way out of the club.

It's also good to see Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos back in the lineup and ready to go as Madrid are ready to begin their quest for the Liga title. Those two players will be crucial and Zidane must keep them fresh for the demanding match away from the Bernabéu next Sunday.

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