Juventus vs Real Madrid match preview
What: International Champions Cup.
Where: FedEx Field.
When: Saturday, 6 p.m.
TV: ESPN, ESPN Deportes.
Outlook: A crowd of more than 70,000 is normal for this preseason agreeable between European elites who will enter the new battle this month as a three-time shielding Champions League victor (Real) and seven-time ruling Serie A title-holder (Juventus). The sides crashed in the Champions League quarterfinals in April, with Real surviving 4-3 on total in the wake of winning the principal leg, 3-0, in Turin.
Genuine has lifted the Champions League trophy a record 13 times while completing second on three events. Juventus is a two-time champ and seven-time runner up. Both convey immense aspirations into the up and coming mainland competition, which will dispatch bunch play Sept. 18-19.
This early gathering could’ve given a dynamite setting to Juventus genius Cristiano Ronaldo to confront his past club after an expected $108 million exchange a month ago. However, in the same way as other different players who achieved the gathering phase of the World Cup, the Portuguese assailant was in the midst of some recreation as of not long ago and avoided the U.S. visit. Likewise truant from the Juventus assignment are Paulo Dybala (Argentina), Juan Cuadrado (Colombia), Rodrigo Bentancur (Uruguay), Douglas Costa (Brazil), Mario Mandzukic (Croatia), Marko Pjaca (Croatia) and Blaise Matuidi (France).
On the visit, Juventus has vanquished Bayern Munich, 2-0, in Philadelphia; drawn with Benfica, 1-1, in Harrison, N.J.,; and tied the MLS all-stars, 1-1, Wednesday before more than 72,000 in Atlanta. In every one of the last two matches, the Italian squad won an extra shot sudden death round. The Serie An opener is Aug. 18 at Chievo.
Real is changing in accordance with the takeoff of both Ronaldo (450 objectives in 438 matches more than nine seasons) and mentor Zinedine Zidane, who unexpectedly ventured down after the Champions League triumph against Liverpool in May in Kiev. The new supervisor is Julen Lopetegui, who was let go by Spain days before the World Cup in view of the hullabaloo he caused by consenting to join Real later in the late spring.
Real started its U.S. visit with a 2-1 thrashing to Manchester United in Miami and will close it Tuesday against Roma in East Rutherford, N.J. Next on the motivation is the UEFA Super Cup against Atletico Madrid on Aug. 15 in Tallinn, Estonia.
Five World Cup players are as of now truant: France’s Raphael Varane, Croatia’s Luka Modric and Mateo Kovacic, and Brazil’s Marcelo and Casemiro. World Cup entertainers Sergio Ramos (Spain), Isco (Spain) and Keylor Navas (Costa Rica) are back with the squad, which sums 32 players, including Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Toni Kroos.