Atlético Madrid’s preseason will get underway on Thursday night, when los colchoneros kick off International Champions Cup action against English side Arsenal.
Atlético and Arsenal will get reacquainted following April’s intense Europa League semifinal. Lots has changed in the months since Atleti’s 2-1 aggregate victory — Unai Emery has replaced Arsène Wenger and embarked on a new project, while Atlético have parted with nearly €100 million in an effort to improve upon last year’s Europa League winners.
Now these two will meet again, and even though the squad won’t be at full strength this will serve as a good barometer for Diego Simeone’s men. The boss has brought a whopping 13 canteranos with him for this match and for Monday’s intriguing tilt against Paris Saint-Germain. Kévin Gameiro and Luciano Vietto are also with the team, even as both have been linked with exits.
CONVOCATORIA@Simeone cita a 22 jugadores para viajar a Singapur ⚪— Atlético de Madrid (@Atleti) July 24, 2018
It’s hard to know what team Simeone will lodge in this glorified friendly, but by no means should that make you less interested! Gameiro and Vietto could very well start up top, while it seems likely Rodri will get his unofficial debut — he has impressed just about everyone in the first weeks of training. Jan Oblak will probably get the nod in goal, with Antonio Adán to enter in the second half.
How to watch
Date: July 26, 2018
Location: Singapore National Stadium, Kallang, Singapore
Kickoff time: 1:35 p.m. CEST, 12:35 p.m. BST, 7:35 a.m. EST, 4:35 a.m. PST
SB Nation opposition blog: The Short Fuse
Available TV/streaming: beIN LaLiga, LaLiga TV, Movistar+ (Spain), Premier Sports (United Kingdom), ESPN Deportes, ESPNU, ESPN + (United Kingdom), Toggle (Singapore), beIN Sports 2 (France), PPTV Sport (China)
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