A match preview for the Champions League clash between Galatasaray and Real Madrid.
Where: Turk Telecom Arena, Istanbul
When: Tuesday September 17, 2013 19:45
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New Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti begins his assault on Europe with a tricky trip to Turkey to face a rampant Galatasaray side.
Los Blancos have enjoyed a productive summer in terms of recruitment, with Isco, Asier Illarramendi and of course, Gareth Bale, being the club’s standout signings over the summer.
However, they will have to make do without experienced midfielder Xabi Alonso, who remains on the sidelines with a broken foot, while Ancelotti has confirmed that Iker Casillas will start his first game of the season having been displaced by Diego Lopez in the league.
Galatasaray have lost only two of their last 14 home European matches and will be looking to exact revenge on the Spaniards for knocking them out of the competition last season.
The Turks have no fresh injury concerns for this one and will have all of their heavy hitters available, but there are still question marks over how they will deal with Madrid’s awesome firepower.
World record signing Gareth Bale is expected to be in the starting line up once again having netted on his debut for the club against Villarreal on Saturday.