Carlo Ancelotti has shaken up his midfield for this Sunday’s Espanyol vs Real Madrid match in LaLiga Santander. Casemiro has dropped to the bench, with Fede Valverde, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Eduardo Camavinga starting across the middle.
Up front, there is no place for Eden Hazard as Karim Benzema and Vinicius lead the way in what looks like it’ll be a 4-4-2. In defence, it’s Lucas Vazquez who gets the nod this time to replace Dani Carvajal at right-back.
Real Madrid will have a weaker bench than they expected for this game, as they suffered some late injuries to Marco Asensio, Isco and Mariano. They have joined Ancelotti‘s lengthy injury report.
The Espanyol vs Real Madrid confirmed XIs
The confirmed Espanyol line-up is: Diego Lopez; Oscar Gil, Leandro Cabrera, Sergi Gomez, Adria Pedrosa; Keidi Bare, Oscar Melendo; Aleix Vidal, Adrian Embarba, Sergi Darder; Raul de Tomas.
The confirmed Real Madrid line-up is: Thibaut Courtois; Lucas Vazquez, Eder Militao, David Alaba, Nacho; Fede Valverde, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Eduardo Camavinga; Karim Benzema, Vinicius.