Thibaut Courtois and his Real Madrid team-mates have landed in Estonia ahead of Wednesday night’s Uefa Super Cup against rivals Atletico – with their opponents landing just an hour before.
Courtois is expected to receive a hostile reception from the Atleti fans after spending two seasons on loan at Real’s rivals.
The goalkeeper has not played for his new club since arriving from Chelsea for £38million on a six-year deal.
Courtois, 26, will go up against the man who replaced him at Atletico in 2014, Jan Oblak. Oblak has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in world football in his four years at the club.
It is also a first competitive fixture for new Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui, the former Spain head coach, and the stakes couldn’t be much higher.
Real will, of course, be without Cristiano Ronaldo following his £99m move to Juventus in the summer and fans will be interested to see how they cope without the Portuguese talisman.
Madrid rivals Real and Atletico go head-to-head in Tallinn at the A. Le Coq Arena, a stadium which holds just 15,000 people.
The Super Cup is the game played between the Champions League winners and the Europa League winners.
Last season, Gareth Bale and Loris Karius helped Real Madrid beat Liverpool 3-1 in the final, while Atletico beat Marseille 3-0 after seeing off Arsenal in the semi-finals.
It continued Spain’s domination in European club competitions over recent years, with Barcelona and Real Madrid winning the last five Champions Leagues and Atletico and Sevilla winning five of the last seven Europa Leagues.