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Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich: CONFIRMED lineups and analysis

A few surprises here and there.

Real Madrid v Leganes - La Liga Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

Less than an hour left until Bayern Munich take to the pitch at the Santiago Bernabeu to try and overturn a 2-1 deficit against Real Madrid. It’s the biggest clash of the season and ... we have lineups! Here they are, courtesy of the club’s official twitter accounts:

The only real surprise for Bayern Munich fans is the absence of Javi Martinez. The Spaniard felt some pain in his skull and had to be ruled out for the game, and Corentin Tolisso comes in to replace him. This will be a huge moment for the Frenchman, who broke Bayern’s record breaking transfer in the summer when the Bavarians purchased him from Lyon. There’s an issue with the depth on the bench — Bayern look very thin and could be hard pressed in case pushed to extra time.

For Real Madrid, the surprise is that Casemiro is benched for Mateo Kovacic. Lucas Vasquez takes the place of the injured Dani Carvajal at right back, and Marco Asensio comes into the squad. FInally, Karim Benzema comes in to complete the 4-4-2. He and Cristiano Ronaldo will be pairing up at the top of Madrid’s attack.

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