Years ago, big clubs like Real Madrid and Bayern Munich never played each other throughout the pre-season, but times have changed. Today, these two teams will play for a meaningless Audi Cup, but they will surely try to make a statement just in case they meet again in this year's Champions League.
Rafa Benítez's team have been impressive on the defensive end conceding just one goal in five pre-season games. Real's defenders will have a tougher task on their hands against Bayern today, but it's clear that the Spanish manager has improved the team's defensive system and that's something Madrid needed last season.
Los Blancos should be considered the underdogs for this game, as they will play without Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema. Furthermore, Bayern will play at home trying to prove that their loss in the German Supercup was just an accident.
All the ingredients for a good pre-season match are there.
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Date & Time: Wednesday, August 5th (20:15 local time, 14:15 EST).
Venue: Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany.
Projected Real Madrid XI: Keylor, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo, Kroos, Modric, Isco, Bale, James, Jesé.
Players to watch: James, Isco, Jesé.
TV Information: ESPN2 (United States), Premier Sports (United Kingdom), TVE1 (Spain), Others.
Stream information: Watch ESPN (United States), Real Madrid App, Others.