Just after midnight on Saturday, MetLife Stadium in New Jersey will host the International Champions Cup game between Real Madrid and Atlético Madrid. João Félix, 19, just signed from Benfica, is no doubt an exciting new acquisition signed by Atlético Madrid – but can he fill the shoes of Antoine Griezmann? And will the super-star Eden Hazard deliver according to the Galáctico standard?
Los Blancos played an entertaining game against Arsenal with fulltime 2-2. Real Madrid played an attacking football, showing a lot of individual skills. But it looks a bit thin offensively since Marco Asensio was injured and Gareth Bale is unwanted. Real Madrid is now in great need of strengthening their attacking positions with at least one class player.
Atlético Madrid has a difficult task in trying to fill the void of Griezmann and after the game against Guadalajara, in the premiere of Champions Cup, Atlético made a poor performance with 0-0 at full time. Since Antoine Griezmann left for Barcelona, there is a lot of pressure on João Félix to match his predecessor. Defensively, Atlético have signed Kieran Tripper from Tottenham and he will definitely be an asset for Los Colchoneros.
Last ten games (Real Madrid 3, Draw 6, Atlético Madrid 1):