TURIN (Sporting Alert) — Gareth Bale starts for Real Madrid in their Champions League Group B encounter with Juventus at Juventus Stadium in Turin, tonight.
Bale is a member of the three-man forward line, which also includes the free scoring Cristiano Ronaldo, who has netted seven already and Karim Benzema.
Shockingly Xabi Alonso is in the starting team after recently return from a lengthy layoff, while Luka Modric and Sami Khedira also start in midfield with Angel Di Maria and Isco among the substitutes.
For Juventus, Paul Pogba and Kwadwo Asamoah, Arturo Vidal and Andrea Pirlo start in midfield, with Carlos Tevez, Claudio Marchisio and Fernando Llorente leading the attack.
Juventus v Real Madrid
Juventus: Buffon, Caceres, Barzagli, Bonucci, Asamoah, Vidal, Pirlo, Pogba, Tevez, Marchisio, Llorente
Subs: Storari, Ogbonna, De Ceglie, Giovinco, Padoin, Quagliarella, Isla
Real Madrid: Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo, Khedira, Alonso, Bale, Modric, Ronaldo, Benzema
Subs: Diego Lopez, Carvajal, Arbeloa, Jese, Di Maria, Isco, Illarramendi
Referee: Howard Webb (England)