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Juventus vs Real Madrid: Isco gets nod as Matuidi starts on ‘old lady’s’ bench

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane opted for midfielder Isco over Gareth Bale in his line-up for Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final first leg clash against Juventus in Turin.

Zidane chose the same side as last year’s final in Cardiff where Real beat Juventus 4-1 to lift the European title for the 12th time, with Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo backed by on-form Isco.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri left midfielder Blaise Matuidi on the bench, while the Italians are also without suspended duo Miralem Pjanic and Medhi Benatia.

Federico Bernardeschi is injured and Mario Mandzukic not fully fit, with Andrea Barzagli preferred to Daniele Rugani at centre-back and Rodrigo Bentancur given the nod ahead of midfielder Claudio Marchisio.

Douglas Costa and Alex Sandro have been given wide roles with Mattia De Sciglio and Kwadwo Asamoah in full-back positions.

Costa and Sandro can move forward to support Argentine duo Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain in attack.

Starting line-ups for the Champions League quarter-final, first leg between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on Tuesday (kick-off 1845 GMT):

Juventus (4-4-2):

Gianluigi Buffon (capt); Mattia De Sciglio, Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini, Kwadwo Asamoah; Douglas Costa, Sami Khedira, Rodrigo Bentancur, Alex Sandro; Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain

Coach: Massimiliano Allegri (ITA)

Real Madrid (4-3-1-2):

Keylor Navas; Dani Carvajal, Sergio Ramos (capt), Raphael Varane, Marcelo; Luka Modric, Casemiro, Toni Kroos; Isco; Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema

Coach: Zinedine Zidane (FRA)

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)


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