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Jose Mourinho and Xabi Alonso reunion at Real Madrid on cards

Jose Mourinho and Xabi Alonso reunion at Real Madrid on cards

His replacement Santiago Solari, Real Madrid's youth team coach has been handed a two-and-a-half-year deal, but there are no guarantees he will remain beyond the end of the season because the reigning European champions have been below par in the Spanish league this season. He has won six of his seven games in charge.

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Real Madrid playmaker Isco is once again being linked with a move to Anfield in the near future.

"I'm happy for what the veterans did, the youngsters of the first-team squad and the homegrown players who debuted".

Lucas Vazquez will be deployed on the right wing, Karim Benzema up front, and a fully-fit Gareth Bale is set to start on the left flank.

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"He's tired and has some discomfort, the games against Eibar and Roma and it took a lot out of him, it's normal that he's exhausted", said Solari.

Having left the newly-crowned Ballon d'Or victor Luka Modric out of the 18, Solari had to be patient and it was not until the 33rd minute that the La Liga giants got their noses in front when Asensio ran on to full-back Dani Carvajal's ball and fired into the bottom corner of Pedro Luis' goal.

"It's Modric's year", Solari added. It seems to me that at that age it's more handsome because he can truly value it.

October's away leg was the first meeting between the sides, with Real Madrid winning 4-0.

The second half saw Llorente and Carvajal taken off in place of Ceballos and Garcia, and Ceballos had an instant impact, setting up the night's captain, who smashed a handsome effort into the top corner in very Isco-esque manner to make it four.

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