Cristiano Ronaldo‘s departure has placed increased pressure on Gareth Baleto lead Real Madrid‘s forward line, and the Welshman will hope to keep his run of scoring on the LaLiga opening day going.
Los Blancos‘ failure to sign an attacking player to replace Ronaldo has irritated Julen Lopetegui, yet the club feel that this is the perfect time for the former Tottenham Hotspur star to step into the Portuguese forward’s metaphorical shoes.
Bale bemoaned his lack of game time in the latter days of Zinedine Zidane‘s spell in charge at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, even making reference to leaving the club in the immediate aftermath of the victory over Liverpool in Kiev.
He will be given the increase in time on the pitch, especially as a starter.
Lopetegui has few other options, and Getafe may well be concerned about how pivotal he will be on Sunday.
The 2015/16 season started with a 5-0 victory over Real Betis in which the Welsh international scored the opening goal of the campaign, although the previous Matchday saw a 0-0 draw with Sporting Gijon.
One year later and it was a victory in San Sebastian as Bale put Real Sociedad to the sword by opening the scoring with a stunning headed goal.
Zidane‘s final season in charge began well with a 3-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna, with Bale once again grabbing the first.
Fans expect better performances from the 29-year-old, especially now he appears to have left his injury troubles in the past.