Picking the Best Potential Real Madrid Lineup to Face Kashima Antlers on Wednesday

Real Madrid face Kashima Antlers in the FIFA Club World Cup semi-finals, as they go for their fourth title of the year. 

Joint leading winners with Barcelona, Santiago Solari has a near fully fit squad to choose from in Abu Dhabi, with Dani Ceballos, Vinicius Junior and Gareth Bale pushing for starts. 

Meanwhile, starters in Saturday’s La Liga win over Rayo Vallecano Luka Modric and Karim Benzema, could be rested.

Here’s how Los Blancos could line up.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Thibaut Courtois (GK) – Madrid’s number one, the Belgium international is expected to get the nod over out-of-favour keeper Keylor Navas.

Dani Carvajal (RB) – Amid injuries to the back line, the Spanish international has started in Real’s last seven games in all competitions as he looks to cement his place in the starting XI again.

Raphael Varane (CB) – Having won the Champions League, the France World Cup winner will look to add another honour to his collection with Real Madrid.

Sergio Ramos (CB) – Captain and big-game player, the Spaniard is a huge aerial threat and could prove the difference on Wednesday. The defender has four goals already this term.

Marcelo (LB) – Recently returning from injury, the Brazilian offers electric pace and exceptional vision in attacking situations.

2. Midfielders

Toni Kroos (CM) – Vastly experienced in domestic and European competition, Kroos will look to unlock an expected stubborn Antlers defence.

Marcos Llorente (CM) – Likened to fellow teammate Casemiro, the 23-year-old has impressed since his inclusion by Solari.

Dani Ceballos (CM) – Limited to substitute appearances, the Spaniard has shown glimpses of brilliance as, demonstrated in Madrid’s win against Celta Vigo in November.

3. Forwards

Gareth Bale (RW) – Expected to feature, the Welsh wizard is seeking a 10th goal in all competitions for club and country this term as he looks to void the gap left by former talisman Cristiano Ronaldo.

Isco (LW) – Guilty of spurning a goal-scoring opportunity at the weekend, the former Malaga winger will be keen to rectify his miss, whilst staking his place in the first team.

Vinicius Junior (ST) – Having signed from Brazilian giants Flamengo as a 16-year-old, Vinicius Junior is slowly making inroads in his second campaign with Madrid. Now 18, this is his chance to shine on the international stage.