Venue: Allianz Arena; Munich, Germany
Time: 6 PM CEST
Real Madrid continue their summer preseason tour traveling now to Munich to take on Tottenham in the Audi Cup semi-final. This is part of a two-day preseason tournament, the winner of this match will face the victor between Bayern Munich and Turkish club Fenerbahce. The losers of either match will both play in a third-place match on Wednesday as well.
Real have a had a pretty dreadful preseason tour so far, outside of the comeback against Arsenal they’ve looked disappointing to say the least. They finished off their US tour with a 7-3 loss to Atlético in New York, an absolute embarrassment before the season even begins.
Perhaps this brief tourney will get them to some form of quality as there really hasn’t been much to get excited about from their play so far. It is still only preseason, so it’s not exactly time to hit the panic button yet. However, they perhaps need to be concerned about the injuries that seem to keep piling up.
As mentioned, the injuries to the Real Madrid squad are already adding up before the Spanish season even kicks off. Mendy is possibly out around a month. Asensio of course might end up missing the entire season. Brahim is also injured. And Courtois has just been added to the injury list after the Atlético match. Jovic is also hurt, but it’s not believed to be a significant one.
Casemiro, James, and Eder Militão are all back in training with the club, but are not included in the released squad. Bale was left off the squad as well, who actually knows what’s going on.
Spurs will be without Serge Aurier, Eric Dier, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Ben Davies, and Victor Wanyama, as released on their official squad announcement for Tuesday’s match.
There are no suspensions for this preseason matchup.
Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Modric, Valverde, Kroos; Vinicius, Hazard, Benzema
Much like the other preseason matches, Zidane may start a relatively full squad and make plenty of adjustments after the half.
With Casemiro still not fully incorporated, it’ll be interesting to see how Zidane continues handling the midfield. Kroos has not worked out in his place, this may end up leading to Fede Valverde being tried in a DM-type situation now that he is back with the squad himself.
Lloris; Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks; Sissoko, Ndombele; Alli; Kane, Son
Real Madrid—Tottenham 3-2
Real need a win just to get the awful taste from the Atlético disaster-class out of their mouths. It hasn’t been pretty this preseason so far, but there certainly is quality in this squad to be better than they have been.
The results don’t mean that much, but the club should want to turn that awful result to a redemption win in Munich, especially against another quality team in Tottenham.