Real Madrid named Bale, Ronaldo in Copa del Rey squad v Atletico Madrid

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Real Madrid v Atlético Madrid in Copa del Rey

MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Manager Carlo Ancelotti has named his 22-man squad for Real Madrid’s Copa del Rey semi-final first leg clash against Atletico Madrid at the Santiago Bernabéu on Wednesday.

Heading the list of players included in the squad are the fit-again Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ancelotti named Ronaldo in the squad and said both he and Bale would likely start, despite Madrid currently waiting on Spain’s Competition Committee to learn the faith of the Portugal forward, after he was shown a straight red card during Sunday’s 1-1 league draw at Athletic Bilbao.

“Cristiano Ronaldo, Arbeloa and Coentrão will start,” Ancelotti said on

“I don’t think we’ll have to wait for the Committee. His sanction won’t be serious and he’ll be on tomorrow’s line-up. He’ll start.

Ancelotti added about Bale: “Bale is available. He’s recovered well and has done well every day that he’s trained with the team.

“He did a good job for part of the season, when he was fit. He’s also had some problems, but he’ll be much better next year since he’ll have a full preseason and will have adapted to Spanish football.”

Meanwhile, La Liga leaders Atletico Madrid will be without striker David Villa, who will miss the game because of an injury be picked up over the weekend.

Goalkeepers: Casillas, Diego López & Jesús.
Defenders: Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Marcelo, Carvajal, Arbeloa, Nacho & Coentrão.
Midfielders: Xabi Alonso, Bale, Modric, Illarra, Casemiro, Isco & Di María.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema, Morata & Jesé.

Reporting by WALTER-HOYOS

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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