Real Madrid failed to win the domestic championship but emerged victorious in the Champions League. This means a lot for a club that has high expectations and a budget to match them. Before the official start of the season, they get to test their players against equally capable teams in the International Champions Cup. The first game is against Chelsea, a squad that fell from grace and is trying to pick up the pieces.
No Cristiano Ronaldo for Real Madrid
The reigning Champions League will be playing without their best footballer, as Cristiano Ronaldo is still mending injuries. He picked up an injury in the final a few of 2016, but still got to lift the trophy after Portugal defeated France. Now he will spend some time on the bench until his 100% fit to play and this is not going to be against Chelsea.
On the bright side, Real Madrid has plenty of alternatives and will use an offensive starting formation. In fact this will provide other footballers with a chance to prove their skills in the absence of the biggest star. Since winning the final against Atletico Madrid they didn’t play any official game, and will try to make the most of this opportunity.
Disappointing Campaign for Chelsea
After finishing in the second half of the Premier League last season, Chelsea wasn’t very successful in friendly games either. They only managed to win one of the two games against a mediocre opponent from the Austrian championship. This would be a serious test for them and will probably try to salvage a point.
Real Madrid will come out firing right from the start and will not settle for a draw against Chelsea. That’s why punters would be wise to take even odds offered by bet365 Sports on the Champions League winners to prevail in regulation time.