TEAM NEWS: Karim Benzema replaces Gonzalo Higuain upfront for Real Madrid's trip to Sevilla

Visiting coach Jose Mourinho has decided to drop Gonzalo Higuain to the bench and replace the Argentine with Karim Benzema, who had a watching brief in the CL semi-final
Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho has decided to opt for French striker Karim Benzema upfront for his team's away clash with Sevilla in the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan. The former Lyon man comes in at the expense of Gonzalo Higuain, who started the Champions League semi-final second leg clash with Barcelona in midweek.

Elsewhere, Kaka retains his place in the attacking midfield triumvirate and there are two changes in defence. The suspended duo of Ricardo Carvalho and Angel Di Maria make way for Pepe and Mesut Ozil respectively with Sergio Ramos replacing Raul Albiol in central defence.

With Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic out for the rest of the season, Didier Zokora partners Guy Medel in the heart of Sevilla's midfield and Frederic Kanoute continues upfront alongside Alvaro Negredo.

Sevilla starting XI: Javi Varas; Sergio Sanchez, Fazio, Escude, Fernando Navarro; Capel, Medel, Zokora, Romaric; Kanoute, Negredo

Substitutes: Palop, Renato, Dabo, Kone, Perotti, Alfaro, Dragutinovic

Real Madrid starting XI: Casillas; Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Marcelo; Lass, Xabi Alonso; Ozil, Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo; Benzema

Substitutes: Dudek, Granero, Adebayor, Garay, Albiol, Canales, Higuain

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