Real Madrid have confirmed they will face fellow European giants PSG, Chelsea and Bayern Munich in the USA this summer as part of the International Champions Cup – a prestigious pre-season tournament.
Los Blancos, who won in China and Australia last summer in the competition, will take on PSG at the Ohio Stadium in Colombus on 28th July. They then head to Ann Arbor in Michigan on July 30 to face Chelsea at the Michigan Stadium. Real have already played at the venue – the largest in the USA – when the faced Manchester United two years ago and set a new record for the number of spectators at a football game in the States.
Their final game as part of the International Champions Cup will take place on August 4 against Bayern Munich at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The will face former boss Carlo Ancelotti, who this summer replaces Manchester City-bound Pep Guardiola.
Speaking to the official club website about the pre-season tournament, Emilio Butragueno said the games will be the ideal preparation for the new season ahead.
“First of all, thank you for the invitation. It’s an honour to be here and to be playing in this tournament again this year. It’s a great competition and one our players are proud to play in. We have got difficult opponents and it will require a lot of hard work. We return to the United States where football has grown a lot in recent years and it’s an opportunity for our fans and the team to enjoy themselves,” he commented.