Modric, Albiol against Atleti?

Jose Mourinho has reportedly already outlined the starting XI he intends to use against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey Final.

Madrid host Friday’s Cup final at the Santiago Bernabeu in a game that Raul Albiol and Luka Modric will both reportedly start.

Marca say that Mourinho already has his starting line-up in mind and that Albiol will come in for Raphael Varane, who is out after a knee injury, with Pepe seemingly still out of his Coach’s thoughts.

Meanwhile, Modric is seen as likely to be preferred to Angel Di Maria, with Mesut Ozil then taking up a wider position in attack to make space.

Karim Benzema is seen as likely to start ahead of Gonzalo Higuain in the centre-forward role. The Argentine again missed training on Monday, sitting out the main session alongside Sergio Ramos and Ozil.

Sami Khedira returned to the group and is expected to also be fit in time for Friday..

Probable Real Madrid XI to face Atletico Madrid: Diego Lopez; Essien, Albiol, Ramos, Coentrao; Xabi Alonso, Khedira; Ozil, Modric, Ronaldo; Benzema

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