Team Line-Ups: Ronaldo starts in strong XI

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Cristiano Ronaldo has returned to the Real Madrid starting line-up fresh from his Ballon d’Or triumph.

Ronaldo started on the bench for the first leg at the Vicentr Calderon, which Madrid lost 2-0, but he will lead the fightback at the Santiago Bernabeu on Thursday night.

Keylor Navas will continue in goal as Madrid’s Copa goalkeeper but other than that it is full strength from the players available for Carlo Ancelotti.

For Atletico, Fernando Torres starts alongside Antoine Griezmann in attack with Mario Mandzukic not even fit enough for the bench. Miranda also returns to the starting line-up after recovering from injury. Jose Gimenez, who scored in the first leg, drops to the bench.

Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Marceloa, Pepe, Ramos, Kroos, Isco, James Rodriguez, Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo. Subs: Casillas, Varane, Coentrao, Khedira, Chicharito, Jese, Illarramendi.

Atleti: Oblak, Juanfran, Siqueira, Godin, Miranda, Mario Suarez, Tiago, Koke, Raul Garcia, Torres, Griezmann. Subs: Moya, Arda, Raul Jimenez, Gabi, Saul, Jesus Gamez, Gimenez.


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