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Athletic Club v Real Madrid team news: Courtois starts

Lopetegui continues with the Belgian in goal, and also gives Ceballos a surprise start and drops Casemiro.

Athletic Club v Real Madrid team news
Juan Carlos HidalgoEFE

Julen Lopetegui continues with Courtois in goal as his Real Madrid side travel to San Mamés looking to keep pace with Barcelona at the top of LaLiga, after Barça came back to win against Real Sociedad earlier on.

Athletic Club XI

Unai Simón; De Marcos, Yeray, Iñigo Martínez, Yuri; Dani García, Beñat, Susaeta, Raúl García, Muniain and Williams.

On the bench: San José, Mikel Rico, Aduriz, Capa, Balenziaga, Hodei Oleaga and Nolaskoain.

Real Madrid XI

Courtois; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Modric, Ceballos; Bale, Asensio and Benzema.

On the bench: Keylor Navas, Odriozola, Nacho, Casemiro, Isco, Mariano and Lucas Vázquez.

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Vincius Junior misses out again

In the run up to Real Madrid's trip to San Mamés on Saturday evening to face Athletic Club, Julen Lopetegui revealed he had once again decided to leave Vinicius Junior out of his squad list. The Brazilian starlet is instead expected to line up for Castilla when they play Unionistas de Salamanca at the Estadio Alfredo di Stéfano on Sunday.

Lopetegui headed up to his native Basque Country with a 20-man squad. Vallejo, Reguilón and Federico Valverde were all left out. 

The Real Madrid squad: 

Goalkeepers: Keylor Navas, Courtois and Casilla.
Defenders: Carvajal, Sergio Ramos, Varane, Nacho, Marcelo and Odriozola.
Midfielders: Kroos, Modric, Casemiro, M. Llorente, Asensio, Isco and Ceballos.
Forwards: Benzema, Bale, Lucas Vázquez and Mariano.


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