MADRID (Sporting Alert) — Jose Mourinho has named his 22-man squad for Tuesday night’s last-16 of the Champions League clash with English Premier League side Manchester United at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium.
Amongst the players in the squad and expected to start is former Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been tipped by the bookies to score against his ex-club in what should be a thrilling encounter in Madrid.
“They’re two squads with loads of potential. It’s the biggest match in this round of the Champions League and the fact that this room is packed proves well what it means for the world of football,” Mourinho said on www.realmadrid.com.
“We’ve all been waiting for this match and we want to put on a great show. They’re also going to want to play a great game and I hope to give everyone what they want. ”
Also included in the Real Madrid squad are Midfielders Kaka, Angel Di Maria, Mesu Ozil and Luka Modric.
Defenders Pepe and Raphael Varane and striker Karim Benzema are all included as well.
NOTES AND PREDICTIONS
Karim Benzema to score first and Real Madrid to win 3-1 50/1
Robin Van Persie to score first and Manchester Utd to win 2-1 70/1
Cristiano Ronaldo to score first and either Real Madrid to win 3-0 or Real Madrid to win 3-1 16/1
Wayne Rooney to score first and either Manchester Utd to win 1-0 or Manchester Utd to win 2-1 40/1
REAL MADRID LINE-UP
Goalkeepers: Diego López, Adán and Jesús.
Defenders: Varane, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo, Albiol, Coentrão, Carvalho and Arbeloa.
Midfielders: Alonso, Di María, Khedira, Essien, Kaká, Modric, Özil and Callejón.
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema and Higuaín.