Santiago Solari’s side face the daunting task of travelling to the Nou Camp to take on Bercelona on Wednesday, in the first leg of their Copa Del Rey semi final.
With Los Blancos eight points off the pace in La Liga, they can turn their attentions towards claiming some silverware in a competition they last won in 2014. With Solari boasting an almost full strength side ahead of the showdown, he will be quietly confident of preventing the Blaugrana from winning the trophy for the fifth year running.
Here’s a look at how Real Madrid could lineup on Wednesday.
1. Goalkeeper and Defenders
Thibaut Courtois (GK) – While Keylor Navas has deputised in goal for Madrid in the Cope del Rey this season, given the magnitude of the occasion, Solari should play his best XI, with Courtois being his best in between the sticks.
Dani Carvajal (RB) – Carvajal sat out of the recent win over Alaves due to suspension, but is back in time to face their arch rivals in his regular right back slot.
Sergio Ramos (CB) – La Liga’s most red carded player thrives on El Clasico matches, Ramos is key in the heart of Los Blancos’ defence with his leadership abilities and has forged a great partnership with Raphael Varane.
Raphael Varane (CB) – The Frenchman was integral in his country’s World Cup success and has brought that into Real Madrid’s campaign this season, with his side boasting a league high eight home clean sheets in La Liga.
Marcelo (LB) – The Brazilian is in line to make his 475th appearance for the club since signing from Fluminense in 2006 and has once again been in inspired form for Madrid this term.
Luka Modric (CM) – The Ballon d’Or winner returned to the side for the recent 3-0 over Alaves after missing the Copa del Rey quarter final tie with Girona through injury. Will be key on Wednesday in dictating the pace of the play in the centre of the park.
Casemiro (CM) – Plays in the centre of the three Madrid midfielders, looking to shield the back four and break up any potential Barcelona attacks.
Toni Kroos (CM) – The 29-year-old is one of Europe’s finest passers of the ball, with an effortless ability to play the ball equally as well from five yards as he can from 50 yards, will look to get the wingers into play on swift counter attacks.
Lucas Vazquez (RW) – Will certainly need to provide defensive cover on Wednesday, which is why Vazquez is likely to get the nod ahead of Gareth Bale for the encounter. Will be hoping to add to the two goals he’s already scored in this competition this season.
Karim Benzema (ST) – His two goals against Girona in the last round took him up to sixth in the Real Madrid all time top scorers charts, while the Frenchman has now scored 17 goals in all competitions for Los Blancos this term.
Vinicius Junior (LW) – The Brazilian is enjoying a breakthrough campaign at the Bernabeu, and has chipped in with two goals and six assists in six Copa del Rey matches this term. His trickery and movement down the left will cause Roberto problems on Wednesday.