Real Madrid: Likely Starting XI Against Barcelona in Super Cup

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Real Madrid: Likely Starting XI Against Barcelona in Super Cup
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"El Clasico" is back again! On August 23rd, the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup kicks off at 10:30 p.m. local time in the Camp Nou.

José Mourinho has been under fire after many controversial choices in his starting lineup from fans of Real Madrid and Barcelona alike, especially since his record against the Catalan giants has been mostly negative. 

When he included Pepe in the Copa Del Rey final as a defensive midfielder, the Portuguese coach was lambasted for an overly defensive approach, mostly from Barcelona fans. On the other hand, Mourinho has also been greatly criticized for the inclusion of Lassana Diarra, as many think he is careless and does not keep possession well. Furthermore, the internal battle between left backs Fábio Coentrão and Marcelo, as well as the striker duel between Gonzalo Higuain and Karim Benzema have been debated over the past season.  

Here is my best guess for the starting lineup for Thursday in order to maximize success. However,  I do not think that anyone can accurately predict Mourinho's thinking. 

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