MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Diego Lopez has been handed the starting gloves by manager Carlo Ancelotti to be in goal for Real Madrid in their opening La Liga clash against Real Betis at Santiago Bernabeu tonight.
Team captain and Spanish international Iker Casillas, who was also dropped by previous Madrid boss Jose Mourinho last term, starts on the bench tonight.
Pepe, who has been linked with a move to Manchester City and Sergio Ramos start as the centerbacks, while Daniel Carvajal and Marcelo are the fullbacks.
Also starting tonight is Manchester United reported targets Luka Modric and Mesut Ozil, while Sami Khedira, summer recruit Isco, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo also start as well.
Kaka is amongst the starters.
Barcelona opened with a 7-0 win over Levante and Real Madrid will be looking to repeat that.
Real Madrid v Real Betis
Real Madrid: 25. Diego Lopez 15. Daniel Carvajal 3. Pepe 4. Sergio Ramos 12. Marcelo 19. Luka Modric 6. Sami Khedira 23. Isco 10. Mesut Ozil 9. Karim Benzema 7. Cristiano Ronaldo
Subs:1. Iker Casillas 8. Kaka 16. Casemiro 17. Alvaro Arbeloa 18. Nacho 21. Alvaro Morata 22. Angel di Maria
Real Betis: 1. Stephan Andersen 2. Javier Chica 15. Damien Perquis 3. Paulao 23. Nacho 5. Javier Matilla 20. Nosa Igiebor 10. Joan Verdu 11. Juanfran Moreno 22. Cedric Mabwati 19. Jorge Molina
Subs: 13. Guillermo Sara 6. Alex Martinez 7. Alvaro Vadillo 16. Braian Rodriguez 17. Juan Carlos 18. Markus Steinhofer 25. Eder Vilarchao