MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Gonzalo Higuaín and Karim Benzema both start for Real Madrid in tonight’s final Spanish La Liga game of the season against Osasuna and the last for manager Jose Mourinho.
Rarely both players are on the field at the same time in the opening 45 minutes, but Mourinho has decided to go with two strikers at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The talking point though is the handling of Spanish captain and No. 1 Iker Casillas, who was not even included in the 17 man squad named by Mourinho.
Jesus Fernandez has been handed the starting place over Antonio Adán, who is on the bench, while Cristiano Ronaldo, Xabi Alonso Pepe, Sergio Ramos and Kaka are all missing.
Mesut Özil, Luka Modric, José Maria Callejón and Ángel Di María all start tonight for Real Madrid, which have a very inexperienced bench.
Real Madrid Team
Jesus Fernandez; 11 Ricardo Carvalho, 15 Michael Essien, 17 Álvaro Arbeloa, 18 Raúl Albiol, 10 Mesut Özil, 19 Luka Modric, 21 José Maria Callejón, 22 Ángel Di María; 9 Karim Benzema, 20 Gonzalo Higuaín.
Subs: 13 Antonio Adán, 27 Nacho Fernandez, 33 Fabinho, 37 Diego Javier Llorente, 39 Omar, 29 Álvaro Morata
1 Asier Riesgo; 3 Ruben Gonzalez, 15 Oier, 19 Fernando Nano, 35 Unai García; 9 Emiliano Armenteros, 16 Alvaro Cejudo, 20 Francisco Silva, 21 Roberto Torres, 22 David Timor; 12 Joseba Llorente.
Subs: 25 Ricardo, 6 Miguel de las Cuevas, 36 Maikel Mesa, 7 Kike Sola, 18 Manuel Omwu.