Having won an unprecedented third consecutive Champions League trophy in May, 2018/19 promises to be a thrilling watch as Real Madrid enter a new era without Cristiano Ronaldo, who has joined Juventus. The Spanish club have yet to replace him with a marquee addition, though unlike Premier League clubs they have until 31st August to complete transfers.
Julen Lopetegui, who replaced Zinedine Zidane as manager, has a final friendly against Roma in the early hours of Wednesday at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey before competitive fixtures begin with the UEFA Super Cup against Atletico Madrid next week. Due to players recuperating after the World Cup, pre-season has been somewhat disjointed for Real, though results have generally been good in the United States with Manchester United the only team to beat them.
Lopetegui has several of his best players back now, though, and Toni Kroos featured in Sunday’s win over Juventus. The match against Roma will offer the Spanish club another chance to prepare for their competitive fixtures as they look to win the La Liga trophy back off Barcelona.
The Serie A outfit finished third last season but reached the Champions League semi-finals for the first time and at their best are tricky opponents. Their summer window has been much more exciting than Wednesday’s opponents, with Justin Kluivert and Javier Pastore joining from Ajax and Paris Saint-Germain respectively.
There will be plenty of attacking talent on display in New Jersey, and Tipbet have it at 1.35 that both sides will find the net at any point. The International Champions Cup fixture also sees Real Madrid as strong 1.70 favourites that they will win in 90 minutes, though a draw (4.15) would result in a penalty shootout.
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