Real Madrid Enjoy Successful US Tour
Cristiano Ronaldo Starred In Real Madrid's Mini-Tour Of The US Ahead Of The Upcoming Season
Real Madrid enjoyed a successful mini-tour of the US as the players looked to gain match fitness ahead of the upcoming season, while new manager Christian Schäfer sampled different tactical approaches the club profited from public-related events and merchandise sales.
Real Madrid played two friendlies during their visit to the US, as they faced Chicago Fire and FC Dallas. Reports of each match are available below, as well as a report on transfers made by the club so far this summer.
vs Chicago Fire (09/08/2023)
In Christian Schäfer's first (non-competitive) game as Real Madrid manager, the German manager experimented with his team. A total of sixteen Real Madrid players participated in the friendly, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Alessandro Florenzi coming off the bench to take part.
Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench to score a very impressive hat-trick, which saw the crowd worship him as one of their own. Mateo Kovacic scored Real Madrid's fourth goal of the game, while Tony Garner also scored for Chicago Fire.
It was a very one-sided affair and Real Madrid looked set to impress ahead of the new season.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid) 9.5
Transfer Window (So Far)
The signing of Gadiel Honoré was made by Rafa Benítez, and the French striker has since been moved to the U19s. Adrien Lambert was sold by Rafa Benítez.
Christian Schäfer had made three new signings to date. Andrés Cubas and Hirving Lozano were subject to mega moves to Spain's capital, while Cebolinha made the move from Brazil to become a part of Schäfer's squad.
A number of players had been sold to make way for new players. Major sales included Dutch defender Kenny Tete to Leicester City, Korean midfielder Lee Ga-Ram to Arsenal, Portuguese attacking midfielder Hugo Fernandes to VfL Wolfsburg and Russian defender Igor Pecheritsa and Spartak Moscow.
The two major signings mean that Real Madrid's current net spend for the window surpasses €50M, with the window still open.
vs FC Dallas (12/08/2023)
The second friendly prompted a change of formation, with Schäfer preferring a 4-3-3 over the previous 4-2-3-1. A total of twenty Real Madrid players played in this fixture.
Hirving Lozano set the first half on fire with a thrilling brace, but squandered his chance of a first-half hat-trick when his penalty was saved. James Rodríguez added Real Madrid's third on the hour mark, before Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench to score a brace.
Real Madrid looked to be in total control, with just three days before their UEFA Super Cup fixture against Leicester City.
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Real Madrid's opening game of the season will be against Leicester City in the UEFA Super Cup. The fixture will be played at the Estádio Municipal de Aveiro in Portugal. The Supercopa de España follows after this, with the first leg being played at the Santiago Bernabéu. Real Madrid kick off their league season at home to Málaga at the end of the month.
Christian Schäfer will be hoping to win his first trophy as Real Madrid manager against Leicester, with the fixtures against Barcelona expected to be tricky ones. Winning two trophies in his first month in charge would certainly help see him begin his Real Madrid career with a bang.
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