Juventus’ rivals in Group B of the Champions League face difficult domestic challenges this weekend as they prepare to make their debut in the European competition on Tuesday 17 September.
Galatasaray are the first in action, facing Antalyaspor at home this evening after the two-week break in the Super Lig because of international fixtures.
The defending Turkish champions have had a relatively slow start, picking up five points from a possible nine, and sit in seventh place in the Super Lig table.
Fatih Terim’s men will be lacking the creative impetus of captain Selcuk Inan after the midfielder picked up an injury playing for Turkey, but will still need to find form tonight in order to have a real chance of toppling Real Madrid in their Champions League opener on Tuesday.
Real Madrid face a potentially decisive clash on Sunday at 22.00 CET away at Villarreal, another side who are also on maximum points so far. Carlo Ancelotti’s side have managed their wins without ever really reaching blistering form and lie in fourth because of inferior goal difference, so the former Juve coach will be hoping that his men can increase their tally in order to break away from their challengers at the top of the table when they play the newly-promoted outfit.
For now, the Bianconeri’s attentions will be firmly on how Tuesday’s opponents FC Copenhagen fare against Esbjerg.
Despite finishing last season as league champions, the Danes have struggled in this campaign, only recently escaping the relegation zone after a win in their last match against Viborg.
This weekend’s fixture sees Stale Solbakken’s side take on the team six places above them in fourth tomorrow at 17.00 CET. The match will be played at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen where Juventus will be walking out on Tuesday evening.