Real Madrid prepares for their final preseason match against Milan at Austria’s Wörthersee Stadion on Sunday.
These two historic clubs last met in a preseason friendly that ended 3-1 in favor of Real Madrid before the start of the 2018-19 season. The two have met 15 times in club history with a 6-6-3 record.
Real Madrid’s last preseason game ended in a 2-1 loss to Rangers, while Milan’s last friendly ended in a 0-0 loss on penalties to Valencia.
Real Madrid will be without Marco Asensio, who currently meets Spain at the Olympics after their gold medal loss to Brazil. Dani Carvajal and Ferland Mendy are likely also unavailable as they are recovering from injuries. Karim Benzema returned to training this week in order to participate, while Eden Hazard also returned after his season due to injury.
Milan will not have Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Ismael Bennacer, who are injured. Franck Kessie will also be unavailable after serving in the Olympics with Côte d’Ivoire.
Lunin; Odriozola, Nacho, Militao, Marcelo; Ødegaard, Isco, Valverde; Vazquez, Vinicius, Benzema
This is Benzema’s first preseason game with the team, so it will be interesting to see if Carlo Ancelotti includes him in the starting lineup or if he has some time off the bench. The hazard, if he does sit up, will probably be handled with caution after he returns to training with the team.
Maignan; Calabria, Tomori, Romagnoli, Theo; Pobega, Tonali; Castillejo, Brahim, Krunic; Giroud
Real Madrid 2-1 AC Milan
This is Real Madrid’s first preseason game at a neutral site this summer. There will likely be a younger starting team with Real Madrid on Sunday, which will affect the development of this match.
While wins, draws, and losses don’t matter until next weekend, it is beneficial for Real Madrid to put in a great effort to prepare their players for the upcoming season. This is also a historic matchup that is always entertaining to watch, be it in a friendly or in the Champions League.
This is the last time we see Real Madrid play this summer before they play their first game of the 2021-22 La Liga season against Alavés in Mendizorroza on August 14.