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Isco to start ahead of Gareth Bale for Real Madrid in Champions League final

The Spanish attacking-midfielder gets the nod ahead of Bale in the showpiece final

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has opted for Isco in his starting line-up ahead of Gareth Bale in the Champions League final against Juventus. 

Ahead of the Cardiff showpiece, speculation has been rife over who Zidane will pick out of the two for the final, and it looks like the Frenchman has gone for the form man.

Isco will start behind the forward two in the Champions League final

Isco will start behind the forward two in the Champions League final

Bale’s ankle and calf injuries have riddled his season, while Isco has come in and hit the best form of his career in the Welshman’s absence.

The Spaniard was the starring man in Real’s journey to the Champions League final, with stand out performances against Bayern Munich and Atletico Madrid coupled with four goals and three assists in his last eight games of the season.

Meanwhile, Bale revealed recently that he’s been taking painkillers to get through matches earlier this season, while it appears his right ankle might need more treatment during the summer.

In terms of fitness, this game has definitely come at a bad time for him.

Well, this is awkward

Well, this is awkward

But the big winner is Isco, who’s benefited from regular games in recent months.

He’s now set to help Madrid lift their third Champions League trophy in four years, as they bid to become the first club in the modern era to win it back to back.

In other news, Madrid stalwarts James Rodriguez and Pepe have failed to even make the squad for the final, with Rodriguez heavily linked with a move to Manchester United this summer.