REAL MADRID released their starting line up for tonight’s mammoth Champions League semi-final second leg against Manchester City TWO HOURS before kick off.

Team news is usually revealed an hour before the scheduled start to matches, but was brought forward by Carlo Ancelotti amid fears of a dressing-room mole.

Carlo Ancelotti names his Real Madrid starting line up to face Manchester City two hours before kick off


Carlo Ancelotti names his Real Madrid starting line up to face Manchester City two hours before kick offCredit: Getty

Ancelotti has tended to name his side early in recent weeks, with midfielder Isco denying he was responsible for leaking team news last month.

As he has done again this evening, Ancelotti’s teams have been revealed two hours before Real Madrid’s matches kick off.

So tonight’s starting XI for the mouthwatering clash with City was announced with plenty of time until kick off in order to eliminate the chances of it being leaked by a member of the dressing room.

Italian gaffer Ancelotti makes two changes to the side that lost last week’s thriller at the Etihad.

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Defender Nacho and midfielder Casemiro are in for David Alaba and Rodrygo.

In-form striker Karim Benzema leads the line again for Los Blancos looking to add to the two goals, including a Panenka penalty, that he netted in the first leg.

Manchester City meanwhile announced their starting line up a full 45 minutes later.

Pep Guardiola welcomes back Kyle Walker in place of the injured John Stones, while Joao Cancelo in for Oleksandr Zinchenko is the other change from the team that started the first leg.


Back in April 29-year-old Real Madrid midfielder Isco was accused of being the leak inside Ancelotti’s dressing room.

But hitting back at the allegations, he wrote on social media: “Isco is not [the mole], since I am not summoned and I have not attended the team talk.

“Send hate elsewhere! SAD.”

Ancelotti is aiming to guide Real Madrid into the final of this year’s Champions League just days after securing the LaLiga title.

The 62-year-old was pictured puffing on a cigar during the celebrations after becoming the first manager ever to win each of Europe’s top five leagues.

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