While FC Barcelona face Athletic this Friday evening for the opening match of the first day of Liga, while Real Madrid has a clash on Saturday afternoon with Celta de Vigo (17h, to be followed on our live commentary). For this first official game of the season, Zinedine Zidane has decided to retain 22 players, and there are some returns.
Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez, who were not called up for the last few friendly matches, are this time in the Madrid squad. In contrast, former Olympique Lyonnais centre-forward Mariano Diaz is still missing. The 26-year-old striker could leave on this summer’s mercato.
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