MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Kaka, Luka Modric and Gonzalo Higuain are all amongst the substitutes as Real Madrid host Galatasaray in a Champions League quarter-final game at Santiago Bernabeu.

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Karim Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo and Angel Di Maria start in the attacking line for Jose Mourinho, who also handed Mesut Ozil, Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira in his midfield.

Michael Essien surprisingly starts in the back four alongside, the returning Fábio Coentrão, Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane, with Pepe, Álvaro Arbeloa and Marcelo on the bench.

Meanwhile, Wesley Sneijder and Didier Drogba, who played for Mourinho at Inter Milan and Chelsea, respectively, are amongst the starters tonight for Galatasaray.

League goalscorer Burak Yilmaz will be a handful for the Real Madrid defense, while Felipe Melo, Emmanuel Eboué and Hamit Altintop also starting.

Real Madrid v Galatasaray Teams

Real Madrid: Diego Lopez, Essien, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Fabio Coentrao, Alonso, Khedira, Di Maria, Ozil, Ronaldo, Benzema
Subs: Adan, Pepe, Kaka, Marcelo, Arbeloa, Modric, Higuain

Galatasaray: Muslera, Eboue, Kaya, Nounkeu, Riera, Altintop, Felipe Melo, Sneijder, Inan, Burak Yilmaz, Drogba
Subs: Iscan, Zan, Bulut, Balta, Kurtulus, Amrabat, Sarioglu

Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Haugesund)


Walter Hoyos joins SportingAlert as contributor for Spanish football and the Spain national team. I like to travel, one of the favourite things on my list, but I also like to just spend time with family and friends when I am not covering football games. Hope to dump into some of my readers some day.

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