After their emphatic 5-1 victory over rivals Barcelona in the Super Cup, Real Madrid start their defence of the league crown with a home match against Deportivo La Coruña on Sunday evening.
Without Ballon d’Or Cristiano Ronaldo, who will miss the second match of his five game ban for pushing an official in the first leg, here’s how Real Madrid’s could line up at the Bernabeu for this one.
Keylor Navas is undoubtably Real’s number one and will start the match on Sunday.
Full-backs Dani Carvajal and Marcelo are vital to Zinedine Zidane’s side. Their pace and athleticism allow them to constantly get up and down their respective flanks and rack up the assists.
Captain Sergio Ramos is one of the first names on the team sheet. With his commanding presence and knack for timely goals, he will likely be paired with Raphael Varane, whose composure on the ball and pace compliments the Spaniard’s combative style of play.
Matteo Kovacic impressed against Barcelona on Wednesday but Casemiro should come into replace him to provide a shield in front of the back four and giving Luka Modric and Toni Kroos the freedom to create for the front three.
Modric has showed in the last few seasons just why he’s so highly thought of. His ability to pick a pass and awareness will be twinned with Kroos, whose incredible eye for a final pass and delivery from set-pieces is second to none.
Karim Benzema has come under a lot of criticism recently, but his work rate and goal on Wednesday means he should start through the middle.
Neither Gareth Bale or Isco featured in the second leg of the Super Cup against Barcelona, and it remains a toss up over who will will make the wide positions in Ronaldo’s absence.
Marco Asensio showed why he is one of the most talked about talents in world football with two stunning strikes against Barcelona. His sparkling form makes him near impossible to leave out currently.