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Real Madrid vs Real Valladolid: Zidane has new signings after all

Real Madrid return to the scene of their coronation on Wednesday evening as they take on Real Valladolid at the Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano.

Los Blancos won each of their final six home games last season, with all of them being played within the walls of their Valdebebas training complex.

The Di Stefano played host to Real Madrid's last home fixture, during which Zinedine Zidane's side secured the LaLiga Santander title.

Even without the grandeur of the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu and the support from its crowd, Real Madrid feel at home in their new setting.

Zidane has called up Eden Hazard and Marco Asensio for the first time this season for Wednesday's game, with both of them deemed fit enough to play.

Both players are still recovering their fitness following the serious injury problems that plagued them last campaign.

Asensio suffered a scare with his knee during a training session with Spain, while Hazard is still not quite right after his ankle problems last season.

One player who isn't available for selection is Toni Kroos, who picked up a muscle injury during Saturday's 3-2 win over Real Betis.

Luka Modric is expected to come in to take his place in the starting line-up, although Martin Odegaard could play in the German's deeper role instead.

Karim and co.

The big question over Zidane's team selection remains over who will play alongside Karim Benzema in attack.

The two wide positions in the French coach's 4-3-3 formation are reserved for Asensio and Hazard when they are available.

Benzema didn't link up too well with Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo when they flanked him in the goalless draw at Real Sociedad.

The back five, though, in untouchable, with Thibaut Courtois in goal and a back four of Dani Carvajal, Raphael Varane, Sergio Ramos and Ferland Mendy.

Nothing will be taken for granted against Valladolid, who took a point away from the Bernabeu last season.

Source: Marca / S. Siguero, J.P. Baraja - Billy Munday 

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