Karim Benzema will be the main loss for Real Madrid to face Malaga on Sunday. The France international has suffered problems in his hip and will be replaced by Jese Rodriguez in the starting eleven.
Thus, the forward line will be formed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Jese Rodriguez. James Rodriguez will also be replaced by Mateo Kovacic. Toni Kroos, Luka Modric and Isco will feature on midfield as usual.
Another doubt was whether Zinedine Zidane would line-up Daniel Carvajal or Danilo at right-back. The Frenchman has decided to include the Spanish defender. With Nacho Fernandez replacing suspended Raphael Varane, the defense line will be formed by Carvajal, Ramos, Fernandez and Marcelo. Keylor Navas will start on goal as usual.
This will be Real Madrid’s starting eleven: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Fernandez, Marcelo; Kovacic, Modric, Kroos, Isco; Jese Rodriguez, Ronaldo.
The main doubt in Malaga’s lineup was whether Javi Gracia would include Fornals or Horta in midfield. The Spanish manager has finally included Horta.
This will be Malaga’s starting eleven: Kameni; Rosales, Albentosa, Weligton, Torres; Horta, Camacho, Recio, Juanpi; Charles, Cop.