Real Madrid defeated Schalke 0-2 in the first leg of their Champions League R16 tie and have one foot in the last eight.
Still, Ancelotti has started a strong side to make sure that they reach the quarter finals with a strong statement.
Los Blancos lost the last league game and were over taken in La Liga by bitter rivals Barcelona and must step up tonight.
Modric returns to take bench role. Brazilian defender Marcelo who scored in the first leg is on the bench as well.
Sergio Ramos and James Rodriguez are out with injuries. Varane takes Ramos’ place in central defense to form partnership with Portuguese international Pepe. Arbeloa starts as right full back and Coentrao will cover the left hand side.
German duo of Khedira and Kroos start in central midfield for the European champions with Isco, Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema completing the attacking setup.
Here is Real Madrid’s confirmed starting XI formation vs Schalke.
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