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CONFIRMED lineups: Athletic Bilbao vs Real Madrid, 2017 La Liga

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Atletico Madrid v Real Madrid - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Real Madrid just published the starting lineup for the upcoming match against Athletic Bilbao.

Real Madrid starting XI: Navas, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo.

Athletic Bilbao starting XI: Kepa, De Marcos, Nunez, Etxeita, Balenziaga; Iturraspe, Mikel Rico, Williams, Garcia; Susaeta, Aduriz.

Zidane’s men must take care of business against Athletic after Barcelona unexpectedly dropped points on their home game against Celtica Vigo. Los Blancos would be six points behind Messi and Co. if they secure the three points.

Athletic have been struggling lately and an early goal by Madrid would be extremely important here. Zidane’s starters have not played in a week as they rested during the match against Fuenlabrada, so they must play with intensity trying to prove that they still want to compete for this 2017-18 La Liga title. If they can beat Athletic here, all those fans who said that Madrid still had hopes might have been right after all.


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