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Real Madrid predicted lineup vs PSG - Champions League

Sean Walsh
Carlo Ancelotti has some decisions to make
Carlo Ancelotti has some decisions to make / Denis Doyle/GettyImages
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Real Madrid will have to overturn a one-goal deficit if they're to beat Paris Saint-Germain and reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Carlo Ancelotti's men were second-best at Parc des Princes last month and deservedly go into the second leg behind, but PSG's lead is hardly unassailable and a reinvigorated Real should fancy their chances.

However, Los Blancos have been dealt a few major blows - they have no natural left-back to choose from and midfield stalwarts Toni Kroos and Casemiro are unavailable.

So who could Ancelotti select? Let's take a look...


Real Madrid predicted lineup vs PSG - Champions League

1. Goalkeeper & defenders

David Alaba, Eder Militao
What a duo / Denis Doyle/GettyImages

Thibaut Courtois (GK) - Remember when the big Belgian was on his way to being a major flop? Oh, how football changes quickly.

Dani Carvajal (RB) - The 30-year-old is certainly past his best, but Real Madrid have few other choices to slot in at right-back.

Eder Militao (CB) - While this isn't really his breakout season, it's certainly been the year that has seen the Brazilian emerge as one of Europe's leading defenders.

David Alaba (CB) - The Austrian's wide range of skills have helped Real plenty this season, so much so that he was basically playing as a midfielder and forward at times at the weekend.

Nacho Fernandez (LB) - Ancelotti could select Alaba at left-back instead, but it's more likely that he'll keep him at the heart of defence with Militao and ask Nacho to 'do a job' on PSG's front three instead.

2. Midfielders

Luka Modric
He's still got it / Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/GettyImages

Eduardo Camavinga (DM) - The young Frenchman, a former PSG target, displayed in Saturday's win over Sociedad why he is more than just a defensive midfielder, but Casemiro's absence will force him into a more conservative role on Wednesday.

Luka Modric (CM) - Continues to age gracefully and will be looking to build on his similarly excellent performance last time out.

Federico Valverde (CM) - This time last year, Valverde was on his way to stardom, but his progress has since stagnated. An impressive showing here could help elevate his standing again.

3. Forwards

Karim Benzema
Benzema's ready / Angel Martinez/GettyImages

Marco Asensio (RW) - If anyone in this Madrid side is going to produce a goal out of nothing, it's going to be the resurgent Asensio.

Karim Benzema (CF) - You could tell Benzema was barely fit in the first leg, and he should show the world how good he really is now that he's fresh again.

Vinicius Jr (LW) - The stats tell us that he's probably better than Neymar now. The eye test tells us that he's probably better than Neymar now. One huge performance when going toe-to-toe with his countryman should settle the debate.

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