TEAM NEWS: Varane starts for Real Madrid as Kaka & Ozil both begin in attack against Racing

Jose Mourinho has reverted Sergio Ramos to a right-back role and brings in the young Frenchman to partner Pepe in central defence. Esteban Granero starts again in midfield
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has handed a surprise start to Raphael Varane in the centre of his side's defence for the visit of Racing Santander in La Liga on Saturday.

Sergio Ramos switches to right-back as the Frenchman partners Pepe, while Marcelo is fit again and returns on the left of defence for the league leaders.

Further forward, Xabi Alonso is again joined by Esteban Granero in central midfield, while Kaka and Ozil begin in attack along with the omnipresent Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

Real Madrid (4-2-3-1): Casillas; Ramos, Pepe, Varane, Marcelo; Alonso, Granero; Kaka, Ozil, Ronaldo; Benzema

Subs: Adan, Coentrao, Khedira, Di Maria, Higuain, Carvalho, Callejon

Racing Santander (4-2-3-1): Tono; Alvaro, Torrejon, Bernardo, Cisma; Diop, Gullon, Adrian; Arana, Acosta; Babacar

Subs: Fernandez, Christian, Edu Bedia, Kennedy, Francis, Luque, Munitis