Rafa Benítez's era starts with a friendly match against AS Roma in the International Champions Cup (Sunday, 11:00 CET). Real Madrid will have all their players but Casemiro and James, who are on vacation after playing in the Copa América. This means that Benítez will be able to select quite a powerful starting lineup, although he could also mix his teams in order to gain some consistency.
Danilo and Keylor Navas will share the spotlight. The Brazilian right-back is surely hoping to fight against Carvajal for a starting spot in Real's right side of the defensive line, while Keylor Navas is trying to prove he's more than ready to fill Casillas' shoes and start this season no matter whether Real Madrid complete the signing of De Gea or not. Other players like Ødegaard, Lucas Vázquez, Isco or Cheryshev will try to make an impact and show they can be more than reserves in this squad.
All in all, a good match so see what Benítez wants from his team in terms of tactics and positioning.
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Date & Time: Saturday, July 18th (19:00 local time, 11:00 CET).
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia.
Projected Real Madrid XI: Keylor, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Benzema.
Players to watch: Keylor Navas, Danilo, Luka Modric.
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