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Real Madrid vs Tottenham Hotspur, Audi Cup: 3 things to watch for

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Los Blancos are going through a very convincing pre-season. With two wins and two draws, they have been able to lift both the Australian and the Chinese edition of the International Champions Cup but, more importantly, they have shown an important degree of robustness and some bright sparks in the offensive side that let us be optimistic about the season to come. The Audi Cup, with a game against the Spurs and a likely clash against Bayern Munich, should be a good chance for Benítez's men to fulfill the expectations posed on them.

Three things to watch for:

  1. Gareth Bale should take the lead. Playing against his former teammates with Ronaldo and Benzema out of the team, the Cardiffian has a golden opportunity to hit the table and prove that he deserves to be a starter for Real Madrid. Most pundits claim that Rafa Benítez has decided to make him the cornerstone of his project and that would make sense if Bale is able to reach the level he had when playing for the Spurs. He should prove tomorrow that he is, still, ahead of James and Isco, who will fight him for a spot as Real Madrid's #10.
  2. The youngsters must prove their worth. Lucas Vázquez, Denis Cheryshev, Martin Ødegaard, Marco Asensio and Borja Mayoral are too many backups even for a team with a strong rotation policy, as Real Madrid will likely be this season. Vázquez and Cheryshev are reportedly ahead, due to their superior experience, but all five will presumably have a chance tomorrow to try to convince Benítez to keep them in the roster.
  3. Has Benítez already chosen a goalkeeper? Keylor Navas has been the starter in all four previous games, but Casilla has not performed any worse than him so far. If De Gea finally comes, one of them will have to leave the team and the other will remain in the bench, but otherwise we might get to see them both alternating like Casillas and López did in the 2013-14 season