13 August 2010
Alberto Navarro / Translation by realmadrid.com
With 13 European Cups titles between them, Real Madrid visit Bayern Munich on Friday night for a friendly in honor of the German side's President of Honor, Franz Beckenbauer.
Mourinho's third match as head coach of Real Madrid has arrived. After two come-from-behind wins in the US, this new Madridista team faces its toughest test yet. Bayern Munich bring back great memories for Mourinho as they were the last European side to fall to the Portuguese boss in none other than the 2009/10 Champions League final.
Two of Real Madrid's most recent signings, Sami Khedira and Ricardo Carvalho, are likely to see their first action since moving to the Spanish capital. The German joined the squad in California last week and may make his Madridista debut in his home country. The Portuguese center-back, meanwhile, traveled with his new team for the first time since it was announced he would sign for Real Madrid last Tuesday. Other than Kaka and Pepe who are injured, Dudek, Arbeloa, Diarra and Gago have stayed in Madrid due to a coaching decision.
Allianz Arena will be a packed house as all 69,000 tickets have been sold. According to Bayern President, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, this is "the best possible opponent." Philipp Lahm and Thomas Muller are of the same opinion. "Matches against teams that have been among the best internationally for decades are ones we all like to play," said Lahm. "Real Madrid is an historic team. I am glad that we get to play a team of such caliber before the season begins," added World Cup Golden Boot winner, Muller.
Although Bayern have been training for a longer period of time this summer, they are without the services of Arjen Robben, who is injured, and internationals Mario Gomez, Toni Kross, Martin Demichelis. "They cannot play two games in three days," commented Bayern coach, Louis Van Gaal. Having defeated Schalke 04 for their first German Super Cup since 1996, against Real Madrid Bayern will try to exploit their fast, vertical play in what promises to be a thriller between two European powerhouses.
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