Venue: FedExField; Landover, Maryland
Time: 7 PM EDT
Real Madrid will take on Arsenal on Tuesday night just outside the US capital in the Washington Redskins’ FedExField. This is Real Madrid’s second match of the International Champions Cup preseason tour after sustaining a 3-1 loss to Bayern Munich on Saturday.
This will be Arsenal’s third and final match of the friendlies tournament, so they are likely to start some if not most of their starters after not doing so against Fiorentina. Real will be looking to be much better in this match after really struggling in their effort against Bayern.
Zidane is likely to make some changes to his starting lineup to get off to a much better start. Even with starting a full-strength squad on Saturday they came up way short of where there should, of course results really don’t mean a whole in scrimmages but you also want to see good performances.
Real have no new injuries to the preseason squad.
Arsenal remain without Hector Bellerin and Rob Holding, who are both training this preseason to return from injury.
There are no suspensions for either club in this preseason match.
Navas; Odriozola, Nacho, Javi Hernandez, Mendy; Isco, Kroos, Modric; Rodrygo, Vinicius, Jovic
Zidane could choose to go with more Castilla players than what’s listed here, but I’d expect that he does go with a somewhat different starting lineup than he did against Bayern just based on the need for rotation and of course the poor result.
We could see Kubo even more, perhaps even starting, since he looked quite good and comfortable in his first match with the club. Rodrygo could start after he scored the lone Real goal on Saturday night from that lovely set piece.
There’s plenty of options for Zidane throughout this tournament and he’ll use most of them Tuesday again regardless of who starts the match on the pitch.
Leno; Maitland-Niles, Mustafi, Sokratis, Kolasinac; Willock, Xhaka; Mkhitaryan, Özil, Aubameyang, Nketiah
Real Madrid-Arsenal 2-1
While the results really don’t matter, hopefully Real can come up with a much better result than they did against Bayern in Houston. Obviously, Unai Emery and Arsenal will be looking to finish their preseason strong in this last match for them.
Hopefully, there is also some more insight into what the players the club brought within this squad can provide prior to the season’s start. They should be hungry for a win even when the stakes are pretty low just to build confidence themselves throughout the rest of this tournament and hopefully into next season.
And, of course, it’s good for Real to put on a better show and outcome for their fans in attendance in Washington D.C. on Tuesday night and show that they truly have made progression this summer window.