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The last element Madrid must get right is the team selection. No team can perform to its full potential without the correct combination of players and the same holds true for Madrid. There are certain players that must be excluded for the mere reason that the opposition being faced is Barcelona. Mourinho must keep this in mind for his team selection.
Here the ideal formation that will hopefully give Madrid the best chance at victory.
This formation is the same formation Mourinho has used all year and should work by stunting the Barca attack and allowing for a potent counter-attack.
The back four is expected has been playing in unison for the majority of the season.
L. Diarra has been given the nod because of his physical presence that would work to undermine the crafty pair of Xavi and Iniesta. His defensive qualities are also notable and serve as another possible advantage he could offer to a star-studded Madrid side.
Ozil has been shining in his more central position, so Kaka should be shifted to the right, where he would be similarly dangerous.
Benzema has been chosen ahead of his three competitors because he is the most in form forward in the Real Madrid squad. His consistency has also given him a further edge. This squad has been proven to work in the past and should be given the chance to shine once more.
While it is lamentable that Higuain cannot start, he has just recently come back from injury and should be deployed as a substitute to further the Real Madrid attacking options.
Notable absentees should include Di Maria and Adebayor. The first player mentioned has shown lack of consistency and does not exhibit the level of class needed to defeat a monumental Barcelona side. While his contributions have been helpful for Madrid, he should not start ahead of Kaka and could be subbed in during the latter stages of the game.
Adebayor, on the other hand, is a newcomer to the Real Madrid squad and does not have the correct level of chemistry with the rest of the team. Adebayor is also yet to open his account in La Liga and should not be trusted to do so in such a significant game.
These strategies must and should be adopted by Real Madrid to give them an optimal chance at winning the games tomorrow and in the upcoming 18 days.