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How will Real Madrid line up against Ajax?

How will Real Madrid line up against Ajax?

Real Madrid will be looking to bounce back from two El Clasico defeats in a week, by overcoming Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

Los Blancos were beaten twice in seven days by arch rivals Barcelona in what proved to be a week to forget as they crashed out of the Copa del Rey and the La Liga title race.

Much has been said about Santiago Solari’s team selections during those two games at the Santiago Bernabeu with Gareth Bale’s inclusion being hot in the press.

With all eyes now focused on Ajax this Tuesday, Solari’s selection choices will no doubt be focused on once more.

So, who starts?

On paper, most would select Belgian stopper Courtois but he has not had the best starts to his career with Madrid and Navas’ Champions League history could be an argument for him to start the second leg.

Infront of them, Solari is without captain Sergio Ramos after he was handed a two-match ban by UEFA and that will leave Raphael Varane to take ownership of the back four, being partnered at centre back by Nacho.

Young full-back Reguillon continues to impress, whilst Dani Carvajal is likely to occupy the right back role, meaning Marcelo is expected to be featured on the bench once more.

In midfield, arguably this where Madrid have been faltering and Toni Kroos’ inclusion continues to baffle some. The German international was hauled off against Barcelona at the weekend, replaced by Isco – who looked okay.

Kroos will undoubtedly start however, playing alongisde Luka Modric and Casemiro, who have been largely out of form.

In attack, Madrid have not been as deadly as they historically are but they must remain patient with Vinicius Jr, who for the past five/six games – has looked their best attacker.

Karim Benzema continues to play well, but is not scoring – whilst Gareth Bale is not expected to feature against Ajax and could not feature much again this season.

Expect Lucas Vazquez to play in the front three, leaving Marco Asensio on the bench once more.