Real Madrid v Ajax


Arbeloa: Suspended

Arbeloa: Suspended

Jose Mourinho is expected to test a number of fringe players when Real Madrid welcome Ajax to the Bernabeu in Champions League action on Tuesday night.


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The match is a dead-rubber for Mourinho's men who will finish second in Group D no matter what, due to group leaders Borussia Dortmund's superior head-to-head record.

As a result, the Special One is likely to freshen things up. Raphael Varane and Luka Modric are expected to feature, with Alvaro Arbeloa suspended and Xabi Alonso in need of a rest.

Sergio Ramos could move out to right-back while Modric will drop deeper into midfield.

Ajax still have a lot to play for. They are one point ahead of Manchester City, occupying third spot, and will be well aware that City will be going all out to snatch third-place and a resulting Europa League spot.

Ryan Babel is still out, having dislocated his shoulder. So Danny Hoesen should take his place, a goalscorer in the Amsterdam outfit's 3-1 win over PSV on the weekend.

Posted: 03/12/12 16:26

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