Galatasaray will get a chance to avenge their Champions League loss in last year's quarterfinal to Real Madrid when the two meet in a Champions League group game on Tuesday.
Last year, Galatasaray beat Real Madrid in Turkey in the second leg of their battle, 3-2. However, Madrid took the aggregate 5-3.
This Real Madrid will look quite a bit different. For starters, Jose Mourinho has moved on to Chelsea and has been replaced at the helm by Carlo Ancelotti.
Ancelotti had a productive summer with Real Madrid, and Isco, Asier Illarramendi and Gareth Bale have all since come to call Madrid home.
Of course, it is the arrival of Bale that has soccer fans everywhere buzzing, and he is set to make his second Real appearance in this match:
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
This will be a nice test for Bale and his teammates as they try to tackle this hostile environment.
When: Tuesday, September 17 at 2:45 p.m. ET, 7:45 p.m. BST
Where: Turk Telekom Arena, Istanbul
TV: Fox Deportes
Live Stream: Fox Soccer 2 Go (subscription required)
Key Storyline: How will Ronaldo and Bale look together?
Pairing Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo together almost isn't fair. That is just too much goal-scoring power for any one club.
That said, having these two learning to play together is going to be a process. After all, Real Madrid still has to play with one ball and both men are used to being ones that control it.
In Bale's debut with Real he scored and so did Ronaldo. It was definitely a glimpse of things to come. Now, we will get to see the pair working together in a hostile environment.
Galatasaray is no slouch at home. Real Madrid learned that last year when they lost the second leg of their Champions League match in Turkey.
That said, I don't see the Turkish side stifling Los Blancos' immense firepower.
Real Madrid 3, Galatasaray 1