MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Mesut Ozil has been handed the starting place in Real Madrid’s midfield for tonight’s massive Madrid derby clash against Atletico Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu.
Ozil got the nod over Kaka and Luka Modric and will act as the main creator for the attacking force of Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria.
Playing with such an attack force and knowing the counterattack danger of Atletico, and especially goal-machine Radamel Falcao, Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho has decided to start with two holding midfielders in Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira, with the German playing a little more freely in midfield.
Kaka is on the bench, alongside, Raphael Varane, Modric, Ricardo Carvalho and Jose Callejon.
Atletico Madrid danger will certainly be centered around strikers Falcao and Diego Costa, while Koke, Mario Suarez and Arda Turan are also handed starting places.
Raul Garcia, who played well in midweek is on the bench and should see some playing time tonight.
Starting Teams Tonight
Real Madrid Team: (4-2-3-1): 1. Iker Casillas, 5. Fabio Coentrao, 4. Sergio Ramos, 3. Pepe, 17. Alvaro Arbeloa, 14. Xabi Alonso, 6. Sami Khedira, 7. Cristiano Ronaldo, 10. Mesut Ozil, 22. Angel Di Maria, 9. Karim Benzema.
Atletico Madrid Team (4-2-3-1): 13. Thibault Courtois, 2. Diego Godin, 18. Cata Diaz, 23. Miranda, 20. Juanfran, 14. Gabi, 4. Mario Suarez, 9. Radamel Falcao, 10. Arda Turan, 6. Koke, 19. Diego Costa