Cristiano Ronaldo starts on the bench as Real Madrid travel to Barcelona in the first leg of the Supercopa de Espana.
has been named on the bench for Cristiano Ronaldo in the first leg of the Supercopa de Espana at Real Madrid this evening. Barcelona
The 32-year-old enjoyed an extended summer break following Portugal's exploits at the Confederations Cup and was limited to a brief cameo in Madrid's
2-1 victory over Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup last Tuesday. makes just one enforced change from that game in Macedonia, with Zinedine Zidane coming in for the suspended Mateo Kovacic in midfield. Luka Modric , Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema provide the attacking threat, while Kovacic is joined by Isco and Casemiro in the middle of the park. Toni Kroos , skipper Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane are unchanged in the back four, ahead of Marcelo between the sticks. Keylor Navas
and Theo Hernandez are forced to wait for their competitive debuts and join Ronaldo on the bench. Dani Ceballos
For Barcelona, who are playing competitively without Neymar for the first time,
joins Gerard Deulofeu and Lionel Messi up front after impressing during a friendly with Chapecoense last week. Luis Suarez gets the nod ahead of Aleix Vidal at right-back and Nelson Semedo pairs Ernesto Valverde with Samuel Umtiti at the heart of his four-man defence. Gerard Pique is named at left-back, while Jordi Alba , Sergio Busquets and Ivan Rakitic make up the midfield. Andres Iniesta Barcelona: Ter Stegen; Vidal, Pique, Umtiti, Alba; Busquets, Rakitic, Iniesta; Messi, Suarez, Deulofeu Subs: Cillessen, Semedo, Denis, Mascherano, Alcacer, Digne, Roberto Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro; Kroos, Kovacic; Isco; Bale, Benzema Subs: Casilla, Nacho, Ronaldo, Theo Hernandez, Vazquez, Asensio, Ceballos
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