Here is how Real Madrid will line up against FC Basel in the Champion League tonight, featuring Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, while Manchester United-owned striker Javier Hernandez is on the substitutes’ bench.
Real Madrid will be looking to kick off their 2014-15 Champions League campaign with victory over FC Basel tonight. The Spanish giants will host their Swiss counterparts at the Santiago Bernabeu in Group B.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side will head into the encounter as heavy favourites and will be determined to kick-start the defence of their crown in style.
Madrid won the Champions League last season for the 10th time in history and for the first time since 2002. However, just days after the historic triumph, Madrid president Florentino Perez was already speaking of clinching their 11th European Cup.
Pressure is on coach Ancelotti and his Madrid players following a disappointing start to their 2014-15 La Liga campaign. However, given the quality in their squad, Los Blancos will be confident of picking up all three points at home tonight.
The other game in Group B tonight is between Premier League giants Liverpool and Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad at Anfield.
Here is how Madrid will line up against Basel:
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