Real Madrid will officially begin the 2015/2016 season next Sunday against Sporting Gijón and while this friendly against Galatasaray is only a meaningless game, Rafa Benítez should try to see some improvements from his team as he will not be able to change many things before visiting Gijón.
Karim Benzema and Pepe will not be available but Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo are back with the team. It's time for Benítez to make some decisions about Benzema's replacement. Will Ronaldo play as the main striker with Bale, James and Isco playing behind him or will Benítez use Jesé to replace Benzema and sit either James or Isco on the bench? Jesé probably deserves that chance to start after his encouraging pre-season but James and Isco have also performed well enough and it would be controversial to sit either one of them on the bench.
How will the fans receive Ramos after all the controversy around his contract extension?
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Date & Time: Tuesday, August 18th (22:30 local time, 16:30 EST).
Venue: Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, Spain.
Projected Real Madrid XI: Navas, Danilo, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Ronaldo, Bale, James, Jesé.
Players to watch: Asensio, Jesé, Danilo.
TV Information: Real Madrid TV, La Sexta (Spain), TRT 3 Sport (Turkey), Others.
Stream information: Real Madrid App, Others.