Real Madrid: How Los Blancos Will Line Up Against Galatasaray
It will be the second time this calendar year that Los Blancos have made the trip to the Turk Telekom Arena—supposedly the world's loudest stadium according to guinnessworldrecords.com—following their meeting in the quarter final of the same competition last season.
On that occasion the Turkish side won 3-2, however, as Madrid had already won the first leg 3-0, it carried little weight.
Still, Los Blancos will be keen to avoid a similar fate.
They head into the fixture unbeaten in their opening four league matches and, speaking to AS ahead of the match, Carlo Ancelotti has already confirmed one high-profile change:
"On Tuesday Casillas will play in Istanbul, that way the issue is more comfortable for us."
However, even though that position seems to dominate 75 percent of news stories in the Spanish capital, there are still another 10 positions to fill.
Alvaro Arbeloa has returned to training after missing the draw with Villarreal, as Marca reported, but will unlikely be rushed back at right-back given the option of Dani Carvajal.
However, given the absence of Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao, the former Liverpool full-back could come in on the left side of defence in place of Nacho Fernandez. With Raphael Varane still not quite ready to return, Sergio Ramos and Pepe should continue in the middle.
Xabi Alonso remains sidelined, and, despite coming through 60 minutes at the weekend, Asier Illarramendi may find himself replaced by Sami Khedira as a more experienced option alongside the impressive Luka Modric.
In front of them Ancelotti may opt to remain with the same front four which started against Villarreal.
Gareth Bale scored and came through over an hour unscathed, and the Welshman looks primed to make his European debut for Los Blancos.
The 24-year-old tweeted his delight at his debut goal but, following his disappointment with the draw, will be keen to continue to make an impact against Galatasaray.
Proud to score on my debut and pleased to get 60 minutes tonight, just disappointed not to get the result. Looking forward to Tuesday now.— Gareth Bale (@GarethBale11) September 14, 2013
Joining him should be Isco, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema—all three have started every league match under the Italian so far.
Fresh from signing a new contract, Ronaldo will be looking to find his scoring boots for the season following a disappointing return so far. In this fixture last season the Portuguese forward scored a brace.
Benzema has been under pressure to perform this season and, with youngsters Jese Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata waiting in the wings, will be looking to impress away from the Bernabeu.
The 20-man Real squad is as follows:
Iker Casillas, Diego Lopez, Jesus, Pepe, Sergio Ramos, Sami Khedira, Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Arbeloa, Nacho Fernandez, Jorge Casado, Gareth Bale, Casemiro, Luka Modric, Angel di María, Isco, Asier Illarramendi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema, Jese Rodriguez, Alvaro Morata
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