Time: 7 PM CDT
Venue: NRG Stadium; Houston, Texas
Real Madrid are back in action finally as their first match in the US-based International Champions Cup kicks off at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. They will take on longtime European rival Bayern Munich.
This is the first time we’ll likely see some of the new faces that Real have added to the club this summer so far, at least in a full match. Excitement is surely high with both the return of Real Madrid football and the prospect of seeing how the new boys are settling in with the club.
Real Madrid will be unable to get a look at Brahim Diaz, who suffered a training injury during the week. He reportedly could be out the entire preseason.
Bayern will be without Latvian youngster Daniels Ontuzans, who sustained injury during their match with Arsenal on Wednesday.
Obviously, there are no suspensions on-hand for either club in Saturday’s preseason match.
Neuer; Pavard, Sule, Martinez, Alaba; Thiago, Goretzka, Tolisso, Müller, Gnabry; Lewandowski
Courtois; Odriozola, Vallejo, Nacho, Mendy; Modric, Valverde, Kroos; Rodrygo, Hazard, Benzema
It’s really hard to say what lineup Zidane will start with given there’s no prior matches to compare to this preseason yet. For preseason tours like this, some managers choose to play lots of youngsters early on while others enjoy a healthy mix of starters and subs.
Typically, more substitutes will start early on and by the end of the tournament most of the starting squad will be starting. Zidane certainly has a plethora of options to choose from. One thing is almost for sure, most of the starters will likely be subbed out at halftime and will continue on from there since there are unlimited subs.
We will most likely see most if not all of the new faces in Saturday’s match as well as throughout the preseason US tour.
Bayern Munich—Real Madrid 1-3
Results in the preseason don’t really matter other than just giving confidence that the team can work together and give a brief sample of what the team looks like heading into the new season.
Yes, there’s a trophy given to the winner of the tournament who’s come away with the most points, but it’s not really a trophy that will be placed in the cabinet with high regard.
We want to see some chemistry perhaps developing between players, namely Hazard and Benzema. Of course, we also want to see what the new guys like Jovic and Mendy bring and how they look for their new club. Most of all, we just want to see Real Madrid football.