Real Madrid vs PSG team news: Bale & Thiago Silva benched for crunch Champions League clash

ShareClose Comments
The Welsh winger has been dropped for the last-16 clash, with Isco preferred for the defending champions

Gareth Bale has been benched for Real Madrid's Champions League last-16 first-leg showdown with Paris Saint-Germain.

The Welsh winger drops to the bench in favour of Isco as the two-time defending champions meet the Ligue 1 leaders at Santiago Bernabeu. 

Madrid right-back Dani Carvajal is suspended for the match, with Nacho drafted into the team in his place. 

For PSG, club captain Thiago Silva has been benched, with Marquinhos and Presnel Kimpembe preferred in the centre of the French side's defence. 

Yuri Berchiche starts at left-back with Layvin Kurzawa still unavailable due to a thigh injury. 

In midfield, Giovani Lo Celso has been given his first Champions League start, as the Argentine is preferred over Lassana Diarra with Thiago Motta out injured. 

Real Madrid XI: Navas; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Casemiro, Kroos; Isco; Benzema, Ronaldo.

Article continues below

Subs: Casilla, Bale, Hernandez, Vazquez, Achraf, Asensio, Kovacic

PSG XI: Areola; Alves, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Berchiche; Lo Celso, Rabiot, Verratti; Mbappe, Cavani, Neymar.

Subs: Trapp, Di Maria, Thiago Silva, Diarra, Meunier, Pastore, Draxler

Next article:
Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Man Utd want Jordi Alba
Next article:
Egypt’s clash against Saudi Arabia will be their toughest yet, says Mahmoud Kahraba
Next article:
Real Madrid sign Ukrainian starlet goalkeeper Lunin
Next article:
Awesome second-half performance put Nigeria on the verge
Next article:
'He is a human being' - tearful Neymar backed by Brazil coach Tite
Close