Selection headache for Benitez

New Real Madrid head coach Rafa Benitez will have a tough job choosing his starting 11 after Gareth Bale, Isco and James Rodriguez all impressed in the 2-0 Audi Cup win over Tottenham.

Colombian playmaker James opened the scoring for Los Blancos on Tuesday with a header, and was later named man of the match, before Bale scored a splendid second against his former team to remind the coach of his own qualities.

James and Bale started in an attacking midfield trio along with Isco, who set up the first goal with a fine cross, but one of the three will presumably have to make way for Cristiano Ronaldo, leaving Benitez with a selection headache.

Asked if Isco's status has changed due to his pre-season performances, Benitez said: "No, because I already thought highly of him. He's a great player."

Meanwhile, Bale further complicated matters by insisting that a central position brings out the best in him, saying: "I'm able to go out to the left and the right, and it's what I was doing at Tottenham and what I do for Wales."

How to accommodate the Colombian, the Spaniard and the Welshman, along with his top-scoring Portuguese star Ronaldo, seems to be Benitez's main conundrum ahead of his first season in charge at the Bernabeu.

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