The matches played in the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament may not have gone to plan for Real Madrid, who lost all three of them, but Zinedine Zidane and his players are confident that they’ll be ready for the rematch with Manchester United – who beat them on penalties in the US – in the UEFA Super Cup.
That game takes place in Skopje on August 8 and none of the players doubt that the Champions League winners will be ready to compete for the first title of the season.
“When there is a title in the middle then everything is different and we’re working well to be ready for August 8,” Sergio Ramos said, summing up the different mentality the capital city team has when all of the marbles are on the line.
Real Madrid have also had poor pre-seasons in the past, but then performed to their best when the regular season got underway and they’ll hope to do likewise this year as they aim for what would be a historic sextuple.
The fact that two of the best players in the 3-2 loss to Barcelona were Mateo Kovacic and Marco Asensio has reinforced the idea that Los Blancos’ backups are strong enough and talented enough to help steer the team to glory in 2017/18, just as they did during last season’s UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup, LaLiga and Champions League victories.
Dani Ceballos, Jesus Vallejo and Marcos Llorente may not have had much time to show what they can do, having only arrived on July 21 after their Under-21s European Championship exploits, but there is similar confidence that they’ll play an important role this campaign.
While not ready for the here and now, even younger players like Oscar, Quezada and Franchu have also shown that there is a bright future for the club, offering a positive takeaway from this American tour