Football fans will rejoice as Real Madrid and AC Milan are all set to face each other in a pre-season friendly match on July 23, 2023. The match will take place at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California, and promises to be an exciting encounter between two of the most famous football clubs in the world.

A Season of Redemption

Both Real Madrid and AC Milan are having a disappointing season. Real Madrid lagged behind in their bid for the La Liga title and the Champions League trophy, while AC Milan had to watch Napoli lift the Serie A trophy. This friendly match served as a platform for both the teams to test their new signings and prepare their squads for a possible comeback campaign.

Teams and Their Strategies

Real Madrid boss Ancelotti has a strong squad to choose from for the upcoming friendly. The only player missing is Dani Ceballos, who is out with an injury. New signing Jude Bellingham is expected to make his debut for Los Blancos in this match, and we could also see Garcia and Joselu start, both returning for their second stints with the club.

On the other hand, Milan boss Pioli has picked a 29-man squad for the tour. However, notable absentees include Fode Ballo-Touré, Mattia Caldara, Marko Leztic, Divock Origi and Ante Rebic, as they are not part of the manager’s plans for the upcoming season.

Where to Watch

The Real Madrid vs AC Milan match will be shown live on ESPN, ESPN+, Fox, Fubo and Sling TV in the United States. Match highlights will be shown after the full-time whistle and live updates can be found on GOAL.

Face to Face Record

The head-to-head record between these two heavyweights is always a matter of interest. Here are the results of their last five bouts:

August 2021: Real Madrid 0-0 AC Milan (friendly)
August 2018: Real Madrid 3-1 AC Milan (friendly)
July 2015: Real Madrid 0-0 AC Milan (International Champions Cup)
December 2014: Real Madrid 2-4 AC Milan (friendly)
August 2012: Real Madrid 5-1 AC Milan (friendly)

Final Thoughts

This pre-season friendly is much more than just a game. It is a chance for both teams to fine-tune their strategies, test their new signings and build momentum for the upcoming season. As fans, we can’t wait to see what happens on the pitch.

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