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Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard lead a star-studded Real Madrid bench for Champions League final

Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard lead a star-studded Real Madrid bench as Carlo Ancelotti reveals his team more than TWO HOURS ahead of the highly anticipated Champions League final showdown with Liverpool tonight

Gareth Bale and Eden Hazard are the biggest names on Real Madrid’s star-studded bench tonight for their Champions League final against Liverpool.

As a surprise move, Carlo Ancelotti and Co unveiled their team news more than two hours before kick-off and the Italian has come up with no surprises.

Red-hot striker Karim Benzema leads the line for Madrid, while Marcelo is one of the substitutes in what will likely be his last ever game in the famous white jersey.

Gareth Bale has been named on Real Madrid's bench for their Champions League final clash

Gareth Bale has been named on Real Madrid’s bench for their Champions League final clash

Eden Hazard also had to settle for a place between the substitutes against Liverpool

Eden Hazard also had to settle for a place between the substitutes against Liverpool

Thibaut Courtois is in goal, while his four-man defense consists of the usual suspects: Dani Carvajal, Eder Militao, David Alaba and Ferland Mendy.

In midfield, Casemiro will start in his usual role, with magicians Toni Kroos and Luka Modric giving the freedom to create chances.

Vinicius Jr, who has formed a formidable partnership with Benzema this season, is also making the team, with Federico Valverde flying up and down his flank.

Red hot Karim Benzema leads the line for Madrid, who revealed their side two hours early

Red hot Karim Benzema leads the line for Madrid, who revealed their side two hours early

Rodrygo, the man who helped deliver Madrid’s stunning comeback in the semi-final against Manchester City, has been forced to settle for a spot on the bench.

There he will also be joined by the likes of Eduardo Camavinga, Marco Asensio, Lucas Vasquez and Isco, all of whom hope they can make a difference.

Initially there were doubts about the fitness of Alaba, who has not played since the first leg defeat to City, but he was expected to be fit and he is.

Their opponents will call their side within an hour or so.

Carlo Ancelotti has brought no surprises, although unfortunately Rodrygo is not at the start

Carlo Ancelotti has brought no surprises, although unfortunately Rodrygo is not at the start

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