Even though the Bernabeu crowd are set to wear Cristiano Ronaldo masks in support of his Ballon d’Or nomination when Real Madrid take on Galatasaray in Champions League Group B, the Portuguese sensation is set to miss out though injury.
Bale is beginning to look the ‘Real’ deal in the white of Madrid, scoring his fifth goal in 11 appearances when his club played Almeria prior to this Group B tie against Galatasaray.
Nevertheless, as long as a certain player named Ronaldo is playing alongside him, the Welshman remains in his shadow at the Bernabeu.
However, against Turkish champions Galatasaray, Bale has the perfect chance to thrive in Ronaldo’s enforced absence through injury.
The Welshman has already found the target in this competition for Los Merengues against Juventus and those feeling like a proper dabble, may even weigh up the 20/1 on a home hat-trick for Bale.
Sticking with the theme of goalscorers and signings who are starting to come good for their clubs, Juventus striker Fernando Llorente certainly fits that bill.
Llorente has begun to craft a terrific understanding with Carlos Tevez for the Old Lady of Turin and has now found the net in three successive games.
The first one in this current streak was notched in the Champions League also and crucially Llorente has followed that up by scoring the first goal of the game in the subsequent fixtures.
The stakes couldn’t be higher for Antonio Conte’s Italian champions, who must win to stand a chance of getting through Group B, but in the shape of Llorente they have a man well-equipped to send them on their way towards a first three points of the competition.
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