Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale have not been included in the 18-man-squad to face Espanyol, due to illness and a hip injury respectively.

Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio will occupy the attacking roles alongside Karim Benzema. Toni Kroos, too, has been named as a substitute, with manager Zinedine Zidane giving James Rodriguez a rare start.

Defensively, Raphael Varane starts on the bench with Pepe set to partner Sergio Ramos at centre-back. Carvajal and Marcelo will occupy start in the full-back positions and Kiko Casilla will continue in goal for Los Blancos.

For Espanyol, Diego Lopez starts in goal with a centre-back pairing of David Lopez and Oscar Duarte ahead of him. In midfield, Papakouli Diop and Marc Roca will form a double pivot with Leo Baptistao leading the line.

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