Los Blancos have drafted in the poster boy of the 2014 World Cup as they go about defending their Champions League crown.
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The Beast struggled to maintain his stellar early-season form throughout 2013/14, but this is undeserving of an Etihad exile.
Die Mannschaft will labour on with Phillip Lahm anchoring their midfield, with Sami Khedira set to bench warm once more.
Karim Benzema looks great value to pocket the World Cup top scorer trophy after making a lightning quick start.
Real Madrid are thought to be keen on the Blue Kenyan, who lacks the attacking flair to flourish for the west Londoners.
The former Bayern Munchen orchestrator boasts all the attributes of a central-midfielder and a winger
Les Bleus showcased their impressive squad strength by thumping Norway without four first teamers.
Gareth Bale inspired Los Blancos to their 10th European Cup and bwin make them short odds to successfully defend their title