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Should Isco, Asensio, James or Lucas Vazquez replace Gareth Bale against Bayern?

It's so hard to overlook what Isco brings to the table right now.

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Gareth Bale will not be available against Bayern Munich, so coach Zinedine Zidane will have to trust one of his reserves to play on Real Madrid's right wing.

Isco Alarcon appears to have the edge, according to reports from Spain. His latest performances have been nothing short of superb and he should possibly even be a regular starter for Madrid even when Bale returns from his injury. However, it's true that he is not a pure winger and his contribution on the right wing could not be as great as when he plays in the midfield. If Zidane is keen to play under a 4-3-3 formation, Isco could be quite uncomfortable playing on the right side of the attacking line, so the French coach could decide to implement a 4-4-2 formation in order to control the tempo of the game more effectively if Isco is the one starting.

Marco Asensio was the one player who replaced Gareth Bale when the Welshman was forced to leave the first leg against Bayern last week. The youngster performed very well and could have possibly earned a chance to replace Bale again tonight. Asensio would allow Madrid to play under a pure 4-3-3 formation as he excels on that right wing role.

Lucas Vazquez's work-rate could be very useful against Ribery and Carvajal would definitely enjoy that help on the wing. However, his contribution on offense is rather poor and Madrid should try to dominate the game instead of allowing Bayern to go after them. Starting Vazquez could send the wrong message to the players as it would be seen as a defensive game plan.

Last but not least, James Rodriguez is the most productive player on this list. However, he doesn't seem to be very engaged right now as his performances against Bayern last week and Sporting on Saturday left much to be desired. The Colombian player is definitely a star but isn't trying very hard right now, so he doesn't deserve the nod ahead of the other players mentioned above.

How to watch Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich

Kick-off time: 20:45 CET, 02:45pm EST.

Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain.

Prediction: Real Madrid 2 (Ronaldo, Benzema)-1 Bayern (Robben)

Available TV: FOX Sports (USA), Antena 3 (Spain).

Available streaming: FOX Sports 2GO (USA), Fubo.TV (EVERY Real Madrid game with a high-quality and legal stream, click here to sign up and benefit from a huge offer for new members and Managing Madrid readers).

Projected Line-Ups:

Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Nacho, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Benzema, Ronaldo

Bayern Munich: Neur, Lahm, Boateng, Hummels, Alaba, Xabi Alonso, Vidal, Thiago, Robben, Lewandowski, Ribery.

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