CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FINAL
Diego Costa for Atleti and Benzema for Real start
Atlético start: Courtois; Juanfran, Godín, Miranda, Filipe, Tiago, Gabi, Koke, Raúl García, Villa and Diego Costa. Real Madrid: Casillas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Coentrao; Khedira, Modric, Di María; Bale, Benzema and Cristiano.
Arda Turan won’t start the final of the Champions League. The Turkish player didn’t feel 100% during yesterday’s training session on the turf at the Estádio da Luz and in the end won’t even be on the bench. Raúl García takes his place in the side, starting along with Diego Costa. The XI will be:
Courtois; Juanfran, Godín, Miranda, Filipe, Tiago, Gabi, Koke, Raúl García, Villa and Diego Costa.
Giménez, Manquillo and Insua also don’t make the bench which is made up of: Aranzubia, Ardelweireld, Mario Suárez, Cebolla, Sosa, Diego Ribas and Adrián.
Both Arda Turan and Diego Costa visited specialists this week to try and recover from their injuries. The Turk was seen in Madrid by Burak Kunduracioglu, who he saw before the visit to Stamford Bridge in the semi-finals.
Diego Costa, famously, flew to Belgrade to see muscle injury specialist Marijana Kovacevic, who uses horse placenta in her treatments.
For Real Madrid Pepe isn't fully fit and doesn't start. Khedira is the replacement for the suspended Xabi Alonso, in place of Illarramendi. The starting XI, including Benzema, is:
Casillas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Coentrao; Khedira, Modric, Di María; Bale, Benzema and Cristiano.
The bench is made up of: Diego López, Arbeloa, Marcelo, Pepe, Illarramendi, Isco and Morata.