Picking the Best Potential Real Madrid Lineup to Face Girona in the Copa del Rey on Thursday

Real Madrid hold a 4-2 lead over Girona when they travel to Catalonia for the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter final clash on Thursday evening.

Since their 19th title win in 2014, Los Blancos have failed to reach the final in each of the last four attempts, winning this competition just three times since 1993. 

Scoring a brace in the first leg, club captain Sergio Ramos is a doubt with a minor knee injury, whilst Santiago Solari could hand starts to Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Karim Benzema. 

Here’s how they could lineup.

1. Goalkeeper & Defenders

Thibaut Courtois

Thibaut Courtois (GK) – With Keylor Navas currently out of action, the Real Madrid number one will be looking to keep out dangerous front pair Seydou Doumbia and Christhian Stuani. 

Alvaro Odriozola (RB) – An impressive performer in the first tie, the Spanish right-back is seeking a fourth assist in just five Copa del Rey outings.

Sergio Ramos (CB) – Should Madrid’s main man be deemed fit to start, the experienced defender could be integral to his side’s progression after scoring a brace in the first tie. He’ll be gunning a third Copa del Rey triumph ay Los Blancos.

Nacho Fernandez (CB) – Starting four of their cup fixtures this term, the 27-year-old is set to be given the green light ahead of fellow centre half Raphael Varane. 

Marcelo (LB) – Instrumental to Madrid’s attacking exploits, the Brazilian will look to link up with Lucas Vazquez on the left hand side, whilst being equally aware of the opposition’s threat on the counter.

2. Midfielders

Luka Modric

Luka Modric (CM) – With Madrid in need of a good cup run this year – due to their dire league form – Solari may call upon the services of the Ballon d’Or. 

Casemiro (CM) – Sitting alongside the Croatian, Casemiro will be expected to provide defensive cover in front of the back four, but still remains a huge goal threat from long distance. 

Toni Kroos (CM) – Starting in Sunday’s league win, the Germany World Cup winner is seeking a first goal in the Copa del Rey, having scored just once in the Champions League back in November.

3. Forwards


Gareth Bale (RW) – In line for a first Cup start, the Welshman will be in confident moo after marking his full return from injury with a goal at the weekend. Bale scored the winner in Madrid’s last Copa del Rey success over rivals Barcelona in 2014. 

Lucas Vazquez (LW) – With two goals to his name, has been one of Madrid’s key men in this season’s competition and could get the nod ahead of fellow forward Vinicius Jr. 

Karim Benzema (ST) – Scoring three goals in his last three outings, the Frenchman is enjoying somewhat of a purple patch in front of goal. The club’s top scorer with 14 goals this term, he’ll be seeking to add to that tally and fire Madrid into the last four.