The major piece of team news for Madrid sees out-of-favour playmaker Isco make a surprise start as he is selected ahead of striker Mariano Diaz, meaning no recognised striker starts.
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Star forward Karim Benzema has not recovered his fitness and joins Sergio Ramos, Eden Hazard, Marcelo, Dani Carvajal, Fede Valverde, Rodrygo Goes, Alvaro Odriozola and Eder Militao on the absentees list, which is dominating Real Madrid news.
Therefore, Mariano is the only senior outfield player for Los Blancos who has not been selected by Zinedine Zidane for this crucial clash in northern Italy.
It is likely that Isco will head a midfield diamond with Vinicius Junior and Marco Asensio as the leading attacking threats.
Five youth players – Sergio Arribas, Antonio Blanco, Miguel Gutierrez, Hugo Duro and Victor Chust – are all on the bench for Madrid.