Zidane drops Courtois, picks Isco and Bale

Real Madrid's Isco celebrates scoring against Celta Vigo. — Reuters pic

Previous managers this season, Julen Lopetegui and Santi Solari, had tried to begin the process of rejuvenating the squad, benching players who have formed a key part of Madrid's core in recent years, most notably Marcelo, Isco and Gareth Bale.

Isco and Gareth Bale celebrated their recalls to the starting line-up with second-half goals, while Keylor Navas and Marcelo returned from exile to impress.

The Frenchman led Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles before surprising the football world by handing in his resignation.

Marcelo comes in ahead of Sergio Reguilon, who did well under Solari.

Real paid £35million to sign Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea last summer.

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It was one of three tackles he made - more than any other Real player - and it was this dogged determination in defence, as much as his well-taken goal in the second half, which outlined his desire to play for a team he has always been linked away from. Replays showed he had indeed elbowed Celta defender Kevin Vazquez, and the Welshman was duly booked.

Zidane was reappointed as Real boss this week and will be looking to guide the club to further success after previously winning the Champions League three seasons in a row.

"I had not played for a very long time so I'm happy, we'll see what happens in the future", Navas added.

"We did not start the game well, that is normal".

"What I liked most of all was that we had more than 20 crosses, and in the end we got there and finished one off".

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