Isco is preferred to James Rodriguez in Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid bow against Deportivo this evening.

James had been tipped to start in the Frenchman's first game in charge of Los Blancos, but reports Isco still has a future at the club appear to have gravitas as he is named alongside Toni Kroos and Luka Modric in a three-man midfield, akin to that of Carlo Ancelotti's reign.

Elsewhere, Dani Carvajal comes in for Danilo at right-back after recovering from a long-standing thigh injury, while the 'BBC' of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo are all in attendance.

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, Isco; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo

Subs: Casilla, Varane, James, Casemiro, Vazquez, Jese, Danilo

Deportivo: Lux; Juanfran, Arribas, Sidnei, Navarro; Cartabia, Bergantinos, Mosquera; Fajr; Lucas, Alberto

Subs: Manu, Riera, Dominguez, Laure, Luisinho, Lopo, Jonas

Referee: Perez Montero

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