Real Madrid departed the European continent a perfect 5-0 in the preseason after defeating Leicester City 1-2 in a hard-fought game marked by Karim Benzema's individual brilliance. But there was even "better" news as los blancos boarded their plane to China: Barcelona lost 1-2 to Manchester United, which clinched the Herbalife World Football Challenge for Real Madrid.
According to their website, this super-prestigious internationally-acclaimed tournament features (the B-squads of) amazing international teams:
For the first time, the soccer spectacle features teams from Major League Soccer (MLS). Participating international clubs include FC Barcelona, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Manchester City, CD Guadalajara and Club America, along with MLS teams: LA Galaxy, New England Revolution, Vancouver Whitecaps, Chicago Fire and Philadelphia Union.
OK, fine, you got me. This is one of the least important "tournaments" in the history of the world. And Madrid didn't even "win" convincingly--they tied on points with Manchester United, and only "won" on goal difference. But still.
You know what's even cooler than that? This video, a very well edited compilation of Real Madrid's arrival in China to throngs of adoring fans:
More Real Madrid news after the jump:
- Nuri Sahin is ready to play! He's probably going to start the next match, according to Mourinho:
Sahin didn't play [against Leicester City] because I didn't let him, but he will definitely be ready to play in China. Only Altintop won't be ready for the tour. The good news is that Di María will be at his wedding for a couple hours, but he'll spend his honeymoon with us (without his wife, I hope). Source: AS.com
- Santos is threatening to pursue disciplinary action against Real Madrid for the directors' actions regarding Neymar. It seems very Arsene Wenger...and for a much more heated discussion of "tapping up," check out Sabrina's article over on BarcaBlaugranes. There's literally no doubt in my mind that Madrid are guilty of tapping up, as are 99.99% of all other clubs ever. I'm not saying it's right, but it's definitely not something that I'd worry about.
- Oh, and now Santos apparently want to retain Neymar "until 2012." This isn't surprising, especially considering that this doesn't rule out the possibility of Neymar moving to Madrid in January...of 2012.
Oh, and here's a promotional video for Madrid's china tour courtesy of RealMadrid.com: