(Sporting Alert) — Jose Mourinho has named Kaka in his starting team for tonight Champions League clash against Ajax at Amsterdam Arena.
Kaka found himself down the order on the list of first team selections, but his performances of late has impressed Mourinho, who decided to hand the Brazilian a start in the Group D contest.
Xabi Alonso and Michael Essien both start as well, but Luka Modric and Mesut Ozil both start the game on the bench.
Karim Benzema is preferred in the attack tonight over Gonzalo Higuain, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Jose Callejon joining the Frenchman in the attack.
The game also sees Angel di Maria and Sami Khedira both amongst the list of substitutes for Real Madrid, which defeated Manchester City in the opener.
Christian Poulsen and Christian Eriksen are both in the starting for Ajax.
TEAMS – Ajax v Real Madrid
Ajax: Vermeer, Van Rhijn, Alderweireld, Moisander, Blind, De Jong, Poulsen, Eriksen, Sana, Babel, Boerrigter
Subs: Cillessen, Schone, Hoesen, Lukoki, Veltman, Dijks, Sporkslede
Real Madrid: Casillas, Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Alonso, Essien, Kaka, Callejon, Benzema, Ronaldo
Subs: Adan, Varane, Khedira, Ozil, Modric, Higuain, Di Maria
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)