Confirmed: Real Madrid vs Juventus teams - Bale starts ahead of Chicharito

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Carlo Ancelotti has opted to pair the Welsh star, instead of the Mexican, alongside Cristiano Ronaldo in the Real Madrid attack.

The battle for a place in the Champions League final begins in earnest tonight, as Juventus host Real Madrid in the semi-final first-leg in Turin, with English referee Martin Atkinson, in charge of ensuring order is maintained on the pitch.

Juventus will be hoping that Alvaro Morata can help them defeat his former club, with manager Massimiliano Allegri opting for the young Spaniard in attack, alongside Carlos Tevez. The Italians look to be going with a 4-3-1-2 system.

Here's the Juventus lineup:

Buffon; Lichtsteiner, Bonucci, Chiellini, Evra; Marchisio, Pirlo, Sturaro; Vidal; Tevez, Morata.

Substitutes:

Storari, Barzagli, Padoin, Simone Pepe, Pereyra, Llorente, Matri.

Carlo Ancelotti has gone against expectations in his starting eleven, with many expecting Mexican star Chicharito, to partner Cristiano Ronaldo in attack.

Instead, the Italian coach has opted for Welshman, Gareth Bale, believing he will provide the most potent option offensively, as Real Madrid look to break through the stubborn Juventus defence.

Sergio Ramos steps forward to form part of the midfield, as Real Madrid start with a 4-4-2 formation.

Here's the Real Madrid lineup:

Casillas; Carvajal, Varane, Pepe, Marcelo; James, Ramos, Kroos, Isco; Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo.

Substitutes:

Keylor Navas, Arbeloa, Coentrao, Illarramendi, Lucas Silva, Chicharito, Jesé.

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