Real Madrid Real Madrid team news: Bale and Modric benched for Alaves clash Goal Last updated 2 years ago 21:24 23/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Real Madrid Primera División Deportivo Alavés v Real Madrid Deportivo Alavés The two stars will not start against the Basques, as Marco Asensio and Lucas Vazquez are charged with accompanying Cristiano Ronaldo up front Gareth Bale and Luka Modric have been sent to the bench by Zinedine Zidane for a must-win clash against lowly Alaves. The pair have apparently paid the price for a woeful 1-0 defeat midweek to Betis that leaves the Merengues seven points adrift of Barcelona in La Liga. With a tough away clash against Borussia Dortmund also on the horizon and numerous injury worries, Zidane’s starting line-up takes on an unfamiliar look. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Cristiano Ronaldo starts at centre-forward as the only out-and-out striker in the Madrid side, accompanied by Lucas Vazquez and Marco Asensio.Dani Ceballos, meanwhile, comes in for Modric after a promising start to his Madrid career, while Nacho continues to deputise for the injured Marcelo. The hosts come into the game in desperate straits having started the season with five consecutive defeats. Giovanni Di Biasi will try and stop the rot in his first game in charge of the Basques, and names an unchanged side from the team that went down to Deportivo 1-0 on Wednesday.Alaves: Pacheco; Vigaray, Maripan, Ely, Duarte; Torres, Manu Garcia; Burgui, Medran, Ibai; Munir.Substitutes: Romero, Pedraza, Sivera, Alexis, Sobrino, Wakaso, Pina.Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Ramos, Varane, Nacho; Ceballos, Casemiro, Isco; Vazquez, Ronaldo, Asensio.Substitutes: Casilla, Llorente, Tejero, Mayoral, Hakimi, Bale, Modric.