The Madrid Derby takes place at least twice a year, and it is always one of the most anticipated matches on the Spanish football calendar. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have nearly a century’s worth of animosity, but the next match between these two clubs will take place outside of New York City at the home of the Jets and the Giants. Real Madrid is 87-38-39 in this series.
Don’t miss this International Champions Cup match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid from MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The match will kick-off at 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, July 26. It will be broadcast on ESPN.
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Real Madrid faced Bayern Munich on Saturday in Houston, and they will take on Arsenal in Washington DC on Tuesday night before this match. Against Bayern, nearly all of Real Madrid’s stars were on display, but they fell behind 3-0. Their lone goal came by way of Rodrygo Goes after Bayern saw a man sent off.
Atletico Madrid took on Numancia of the Segunda Division on Saturday. They didn’t score until the 69th minute, but then Vitolo, Ivan Saponjic, and Felipe all scored in the span of 14 minutes to give Atletico a 3-0 win. Shortly after the match, the team hopped on a plane to cross the pond, and they will face Chivas Guadalajara in their first ICC game this Tuesday night in Arlington, Texas.
New Faces - Real Madrid
It was about a year overdue, but Eden Hazard finally joined Real Madrid from Chelsea this summer. Hazard should immediately link up with Luka Modric to create a midfield that is the envy of the world, yet Real wasn’t content to stop there.
The star power is back at the Bernabeu, and in full force. Luka Jovic was brought in from Eintracht Frankfurt to give Real Madrid the young forward they needed, Rodrygo is a massive signing from Santos, and Ferland Mendy and Eder were provided to bring young legs to an aging back line. In all, Real Madrid spent nearly $350 million on transfer fees alone this summer.
Key Departures – Real Madrid
Midfielder Mateo Kovacic, left back Theo Hernandez, and forward Raul Tomas all left Real Madrid for new leagues, but Marcos Llorente moved from Real Madrid to Atletico Madrid this summer, so he will have something to prove in this match. Gareth Bale is rumored to be on his way out too, but as of now, he is still a part of the club.
New Faces – Atletico Madrid
Give Atletico credit for reinvesting in the club and opening up their pocketbook after losing three superstars to other clubs this summer. Atletico made a huge splash by bringing in Joao Felix from Benfica for a whopping $143 million, and everyone is excited to see him.
In addition to Llorente, Atletico brought in a number of new players to hold the line in Diego Simeone’s defensive-minded system. Center backs Felipe and Mario Hermoso joined the club, as did right back Kieran Trippier and left back Renan Lodi.
Key Departures – Atletico Madrid
Antoine Griezmann moved to Barcelona after almost joining the club last summer, and Atletico also lost Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich and Rodri to Manchester City. Replacing those three stars is essential to the club’s success in 2019.
Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid Prediction
These exhibition matches are always hard to handicap, but two of Atletico’s big additions have something to prove. Llorente wants to best his former team, while Felix is looking to shine after coming off inside of the half-hour mark against Numancia due to a minor injury. Atletico are likely to be underdogs, and this is a nice chance to take them.
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