Predicting Real Madrid's First-Choice Starting XI for the 2013-14 Season

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Predicting Real Madrid's First-Choice Starting XI for the 2013-14 Season
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Real Madrid, pictured ahead of a preseason friendly. But who will make the season's starting XI?

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti faces a selection headache that most managers would give their right arm to have.

In his first season at the helm of the club, the Italian will have to choose a starting XI from a cornucopia of new, established and rising talent.

Fresh from winning Ligue 1 with Paris-Saint Germain and with Chelsea, AC Milan and Juventus on his managerial CV, Ancelotti is not new to dealing with moneyed clubs, their capricious owners and star players.

Real Madrid underachieved last term. After starting brightly with a Spanish Supercopa win, it became a messy campaign, full of infighting yet empty of further silverware.

Perhaps Ancelotti can restore balance to the side left so askew last season.

Over the following slides, I have predicted Ancelotti’s first-choice starting XI, including only players who are currently at the Bernabeu (so no Gareth Bale).

Agree with my choices? Disagree? Let me know in the comments section below!

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