Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during the Trofeo Santiago Bernabeu football match Real Madrid vs Galatasaray at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on August 18, 2015. AFP PHOTO / DANI POZO
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Real edged Turkish side Galatasaray 2-1 in Tuesday's Santiago Bernabeu trophy invitational match, having drawn 0-0 with Norwegian club Valerenga and lost 1-0 to Bundesliga champions Bayern in their previous two friendlies.The main domestic challenge for Real and Benitez this term will be preventing champions and great rivals Barcelona winning a sixth La Liga title in eight years.Benitez, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005, said Real's France striker Karim Benzema and their Portugal center-back Pepe may recover more quickly than expected from injury and could be available for the Gijon match.Perez said that Kovacic was the fifth Croat to join Real Madrid, where countryman Luka Modric is a midfielder.
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