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Real Madrid play a critical match against PSG on Wednesday and luckily enough for Los Blancos, coach Zinedine Zidane has already decided his starting lineup. This time, Zidane is expected to bring back the 4-3-3 with the BBC playing upfront and that’s what he should do.


Keylor Navas will be the one defending Real’s goal. Kiko Casilla has not been as solid as he was last season and Navas is Madrid’s only option. While Los Blancos have been targeting a goalkeeper for the last few years and will try to sign one next summer as well, Navas has been decent this season and Real’s struggles should not be blamed on him.


Carvajal will not be available after UEFA decided to suspend him for one additional game because he tried to get booked against APOEL in order to be available for this game and miss the meaningless match against Dortmund. Nacho will be playing in the right side of the defensive line with Varane, Ramos and Marcelo alongside him. Vallejo will not be ready to play.


Zidane gave Casemiro some rest last Saturday and it’s clear that the Brazilian midfielder will be in the team’s starting lineup this time. Kroos and Modric will also play while Isco will start the game on the bench if Zidane finally decides to play the BBC upfront. Isco, Kovacic and Asensio could have an important role off the bench depending on what the team needs.


The BBC of Benzema, Bale and Ronaldo will return to the lineup. They will face one of the world’s best attacking trios in Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe —the latter could be relegated to the bench if Emery starts Di Maria— and should try to prove that they are still better than their counterparts in PSG.

Starting XI: Navas, Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro, Kroos, Modric, Bale, Ronaldo, Benzema.


Date: 02/14/2018

Time: 20:45 CET, 02:45pm EST, 11:45am Pacific.

Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain.


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