Real Madrid Vs. Barcelona, 2012 Spanish Super Cup: Lineups

It looks like Carles Puyol has not recovered from the fractured cheekbone he suffered over the weekend -- there were rumours that the Barcelona captain would tough it out and play, but he doesn't even make the bench. For Real Madrid there is, unsurprisingly, no start for new midfielder Luka Modric. Instead, we get the standard double pivot of Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira, both of whom should probably try to play better than in their first leg of this tie. Gonzalo Higuain will start up front, while Raul Albiol is nowhere to be seen. Thank goodness.

And, of course, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are both playing. That means you should probably watch this match.

Real Madrid starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Iker Casillas; Marcelo, Sergio Ramos, Pepe, Alvaro Arbeloa; Xabi Alonso, Sami Khedira; Cristiano Ronaldo, Mesut Ozil, Angel di Maria; Gonzalo Higuain.

FC Barcelona starting lineup (4-3-3): Victor Valdés; Adriano, Javier Mascherano, Gerard Pique, Dani Alves; Sergio Busquets, Xavi Hernandez, Andres Iniesta; Pedro, Lionel Messi, Alexis Sanchez.

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