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Team News: David Alaba starts for Real Madrid in Champions League final

Team News: David Alaba starts for Real Madrid in Champions League final
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David Alaba is named in the Real Madrid starting XI for Saturday's Champions League final against Liverpool.

David Alaba has been named in the Real Madrid starting XI for Saturday's Champions League final against Liverpool.

The Austria international has recently been unavailable for selection due to an adductor problem, missing his side's final five La Liga matches of the 2021-22 campaign.

Meanwhile, the 29-year-old was an unused substitute for the second leg of Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final second leg with Manchester City on May 4.

Alaba has been in full training ahead of the final, though, and he will feature in the middle of the Spanish outfit's back four alongside Eder Militao.

Thibaut Courtois, as expected, starts between the sticks, while there are no surprises in the full-back areas, as Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy both earn positions in the XI.

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior celebrates scoring their first goal with Ferland Mendy and Karim Benzema on March 14, 2022© Reuters

Head coach Carlo Ancelotti has also not made any surprising decisions further forward, with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos and Casemiro lining up as the midfield three.

Casemiro will operate as the holding midfielder, with Modric and Kroos looking to influence proceedings further forward, and there is a fourth midfielder in the side in the shape of Federico Valverde.

The Uruguay international has been vital for Real Madrid in the knockout round of this season's competition, largely operating on the right of a front three, and he will again feature in that area for this match.

Karim Benzema, meanwhile, has scored 44 goals and registered 15 assists in 45 appearances during an excellent campaign at club level, and the France international leads the line.

The final spot in the starting XI goes to Vinicius Junior, with the 21-year-old scoring 21 goals and registering 20 assists in 51 appearances for Los Blancos during an impressive campaign.

Real Madrid's Vinicius Junior celebrates scoring their second goal with Karim Benzema on January 8, 2022© Reuters

There is a position on the bench for Rodrygo, who has been vital for Real Madrid in the knockout round of this season's Champions League, scoring against Chelsea in the quarter-finals and twice against Manchester City in the semi-finals.

Gareth Bale is also on the bench, with the Wales international looking to make his mark on what would be his final appearance for the club.

Long-serving defender Marcelo is also out of contract at the end of June, while Isco's departure on a free transfer has already been confirmed, with both players in the squad.

Eden Hazard has also recovered from a leg operation, with the Belgian recently featuring against Cadiz in La Liga, and he could be involved at some stage of the contest.

REAL MADRID: Courtois; Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Valverde, Benzema, Vinicius

Bench: Lunin; Marcelo, Nacho; Ceballos, Camavinga, Isco; Lucas, Hazard, Asensio, Bale; Rodrygo, Mariano

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