(Sporting Alert) — Cristiano Ronaldo is on the bench, while Kaka starts for Real Madrid in tonight’s Spanish La Liga clash with Deportivo at Riazor.
Ronaldo is joined on the bench by the likes of Fabio Coentrao, Sami Khedira, Mesut Ozil and Alvaro Morata
Manager Jose Mourinho has decided to freshen up his squad with Kaka, Michael Essien and Luka Modric all amongst the starters tonight.
Jose Callejón and Ángel Di María will play as the attacking support for center forward Gonzalo Higuaín, who has been selected ahead of Karim Benzema, who is not even on the bench.
Marcelo, Ricardo Carvalho, Pepe and Alvaro Arbeloa make up the back four for Real Madrid, who are 16 points behind Barcelona in the La Liga standings.
Deportivo are sitting rock-bottom of the La Liga table with just 16 points. The team has suffered defeats in its last five games.
Deportivo Team: (4-2-3-1) 1. Daniel Aranzubia, 17. Ayoze, 24. Carlos Marchena, 23. Kaka, 19. Silvio, 12. Paulo Assuncao, 14. Abel Aguilar, 9. Pizzi, 21. Juan Carlos Valeron, 16. Bruno Gama, 11. Riki.
Real Madrid Team: (4-2-3-1) 25. Diego Lopez, 12. Marcelo, 11. Ricardo Carvalho, 3. Pepe, 17. Alvaro Arbeloa, 19. Luka Modric, 15. Mickael Essien, 21. Jose Callejon, 8. Kaka, 22. Angel Di Maria, 20. Gonzalo Higuain.
Subs: 13 Antonio Adan 18 Raul Albiol 5 Fabio Coentrao 6 Sami Khedira 10 Mesut Ozil 29 Alvaro Morata 7 Cristiano Ronaldo.