REAL MADRID-ESPANYOL

Morata, Isco and Lucas start as Zidane makes seven changes

Zidane starts with: Casilla; Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Nacho; Kovacic, Kroos, Isco; Lucas Vázquez, Morata and Cristiano for the game vs. Espanyol.

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Morata, Isco and Lucas start as Zidane makes seven changes
FELIPE SEVILLANO DIARIO AS

Zinedine Zidane rings the changes for the home LaLiga Santander game against Espanyol with seven amendments form the side that saw off Napoli in Wednesday's Champions League Round of 16 first leg tie at the Bernabeu.

Keylor Navas, Modric and Benzema are all omitted from the squad as Kiko Casilla, Kovacic and Morata take their place.

Zinedine Zidane

Zidane has also decided to rest Marcelo and Casemiro with Pepe (who played at the end of Wednesday's game) back in the heart of the Madrid defence. Upfront, Morata will be joined by Lucas Vázquez and both players will form an attacking trident with Cristiano Ronaldo. Gareth Bale will start on the bench and may get some late playing time some 88 days since sustaining a serious ankle injury.

Real Madrid XI v Espanyol:

Casilla; Carvajal, Pepe, Varane, Nacho; Kovacic, Kroos, Isco; Lucas Vázquez, Morata and Cristiano.

Espanyol XI:

Diego López; Diego Reyes, David López, Ó. Duarte, Aarón; fuego, Diop; Jurado, Reyes, Piatti; Gerard.

Undiano Mallenco is today's match official and you can follow the game live here.