Real Madrid XI vs Liverpool: Confirmed squad news, expected line-up, injury latest for Champions League final

While their opponents have been battling for trophies on multiple fronts, Madrid have afforded themselves the luxury of relaxing a bit lately.

The LaLiga title ended weeks ago and the team are well placed ahead of the trip to Paris. While Carlo Ancelotti’s first-choice XI has largely chosen itself this season, the most interesting debate is on the right side of attack.

Rodrygo, of course, played a huge role in getting Madrid to the final, but the extra protection provided by Federico Valverde could be crucial against such a dangerous Liverpool side. Marco Asensio, the hero against Juventus in 2017, is another option.

Both David Alaba and Marcelo shrugged off injury worries to ensure the traveling squad headed to France. Elsewhere, Karim Benzema and Luka Modric will lead the side to their fifth Champions League final in eight years, with Dani Carvajal, Casemiro and Toni Kroos all bringing valuable experience.

Gareth Bale is likely to be included on the bench after missing the final six weeks of the season alongside departed compatriot Isco and the rarely seen Eden Hazard.

“I’m very happy, relaxed, very confident, I know that tomorrow I’ll be a bit worried when the afternoon comes,” Ancelotti said on Friday. “But then I look at the faces of the players and that gives me a lot of confidence.”

Real Madrid XI predicted: Courtois, Carvajal, Militao, Alaba, Mendy, Casemiro, Kroos, Valverde, Modric, Vinicius, Benzema

injured: None

Place: Stade de France

Time and date: 8pm BST, Saturday 28 May 2022

TV channel and live broadcast: BT Sports

Arbitrator: Clement Turpin (FRA)

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