When it comes to international soccer marquee brands it doesn’t get much better than Real Madrid and Juventus. Beyond that their match on Saturday night epitomizes what is best about the International Champions Cup. Juventus is the standard of Italy’s Serie A with the most titles of any team.
Real Madrid is equally impressive as the dominant brand of Spain’s La Liga as the club with the most championships. Can anyone say “Dream Match?” Soccer fans and punters certainly are as they eagerly anticipate this World Class showdown near Washington, DC on Saturday night!
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2018 International Champions Cup Real Madrid vs. Juventus
Date and Time: Saturday, August 4, 2018, 8 p.m. ET
Location: FedEx Field, Landover, Maryland
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Real Madrid vs. Juventus TV Coverage: ESPN News
FedEx Field is best known as the home of the National Football League’s Washington Redskins and was opened in 1997. After some renovation since its inception it has a current seating capacity of 82,000. FedEx Field has hosted several well supported international soccer matches in its history.
Real Madrid Outmanned
Speaking of Dream Matches, Real Madrid certainly had one in their International Champions League opener when they faced Manchester United. Many believed that Real Madrid had the advantage as Man U had not played well in their first two ICC matches and was heading home after their match with Real Madrid. Further the Manchester United manager incessantly complained about the ICC format and how many of his top players were on leave. Yet Manchester United stormed out of the gate with a 2-0 lead and held off Real Madrid for a 2-1 victory. In retrospect United had the advantage of five previous summer fixtures compared to Real Madrid, who was playing its first match of the summer. Real Madrid had a staggering 71% possession rate but could not capitalize.
Juventus Shoots Down Portuguese Power
In yet another fantasy matchup Juventus met the ultimate name brand champion from Portugal’s top league, Benfica, and prevailed in a shootout 4-2 after the clubs played to a 1-1 draw. Luca Clemenza tied the match for Juventus at the 84-minute mark to send the clubs into a penalty shootout. Although both teams had possession 50 percent of the match it was Juventus that created the better chances as they forced Benfica into having to make four saves.
What to Know, Watch, and Expect from Real Madrid
Simply put Real Madrid is one of the most successful soccer teams that can be found anywhere on earth. Real Madrid holds the La Liga record with 33 total championships and they have posted a staggering 13 UEFA Champions League titles as well. Just this past spring saw Real Madrid take yet another Champions League Crown, which was their third in a row and fourth in the past five years. Perhaps the biggest news for Real Madrid is the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo, touted by many as the world’s greatest player. For the ICC they still boast another top star in Toni Kroos.
Juventus What to Know, Watch and Expect from Juventus
Juventus has a phenomenal total of 34 Serie A titles as the best team of all time from Italy. Famed for their distinguished black and white colors they are best know and respected for a stout defense that crushes opposition attacks. Out of that defensive posture Juventus counters with one of the best passing attacks anywhere in the game. The great midfielder Miralem Pjanic is one of the world’s great playmakers.
Real Madrid vs. Juventus Free Picks
Juventus brings stability and defense compared to Real Madrid and their transition from the glory days of Ronaldo. New manager Julen Lopetegui is also implementing a transition. As such, Juventus has the edge.
Real Madrid vs. Juventus Pick: Bet the money line on Juventus
Real Madrid vs. Juventus Score Prediction: Juventus 1, Real Madrid 0
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