Real Madrid face a tough test in their return to the UEFA Champions League this season when they head to RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Round of 16 tie on February 13.
Los Blancos opened up a five-point lead in La Liga ahead of this clash after cruising to a 4-0 win over second-placed Girona at the weekend.
Carlo Ancelotti’s side lost to eventual winners Manchester City in the semi-finals last season and the Spanish giants are expected to be involved in the tournament again in 2024.
Ancelotti will be forced to make changes with defensive trio Antonio Rudiger, Eder Militao and David Alaba all sidelined for Real Madrid through injury.
Club captain Nacho Fernandez is set to return but England star Jude Bellingham misses out after suffering a sprained ankle in the win at Girona.
RB Leipzig warmed up for this match with a 2-2 draw in the Bundesliga at FC Augsburg and Marco Rose will convert his options for the visit of Real Madrid.
Christoph Baumgartner should start as another midfielder for the visitors.
Real Madrid (4-3-3): Lunin (GK) — Carvajal, Nacho, Tchouameni, Mendy — Camavinga, Kroos, Modric — Valverde, Rodrygo, Vinicius Jr.
RB Leipzig (4-2-3-1): Gulasci (GK) — Henrichs, Klostermann, Orban, Raum — Kampl, Baumgartner — Simons, Olmo, Sesko — Openda.