NEWS | 26/07/2014 | Alberto NavarroThe Whites, who won last year's International Champions Cup, begin their American tour against the Italian side.
California will be the first US state where the current European champions will enter the arena. The Whites go into the International Champions Cup intending to defend their title in what is perhaps the most prestigious summer tournament and make it 19 games unbeaten in the United States, where they have not lost since 2002.
The Whites will play their first match at Berkeley University's California Memorial Stadium. Inaugurated in 1923, this stadium with artificial turf is the home of varsity American football team the California Golden Bears.
Carlo Ancelotti will be without Casillas, Ramos and Modric. The three players joined the squad in Los Angeles late and, with just two days' training alongside their team-mates, they are not yet up to competition pace. Arbeloa, Coentrão and Xabi Alonso are also absent from the matchday squad.
The Italian manager travelled with nine academy players, four of whom may make their debut for the first team. Medrán and Raúl de Tomás will definitely do so as part of the starting eleven along with Diego López, Carvajal, Pepe, Nacho, Diego Llorente, Illarra, Isco, Lucas Vázquez and Bale. Marcos Llorente and Sobrino will wait for their opportunity on the bench.
First of three top opponents
Inter Milan, who also play their first match today, are one of the three top opponents that Real Madrid will face in Group A of the International Champions Cup. Roma and Manchester United are the remaining teams. Only the team that win the group will play in the Miami final.
With Walter Mazzarri in the dugout, entering his second season with the club and facing the challenge of putting his team back among the Italian footballing elite after qualifying for the Europa League last season, has strengthened his side with the likes of Vidic, M'Vila (on loan) and Dodó.