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International Champions Cup: Real Madrid take on a new-look Inter Milan

| 27.07.2015

Having strengthened significantly in the summer, Inter Milan face Real Madrid in the International Champions Cup, though Rafa Benitez’s Real Madrid will present a stern challenge, having ruthlessly swept aside Manchester City, 4-1 last time out.

Los Blancos are odds-on at 4/7 for victory and there are odds of 20/1 on another 4-1 scoreline. Despite the side’s attacking prowess, they can leave themselves exposed at the back and on more than one occasion, City caused them problems in the area, with Yaya Toure making powerful runs and drawing fouls.

Karim Benzema, who has been linked with a move away from the club this summer, opened the scoring with a magnificent goal, backtracking in the area to connect to cross with a sensational reverse volley. With reports of him moving growing stronger, Benitez quickly responded after the match.

“People are asking me about different players that maybe we will buy and I always say the same thing, ‘he’s not our player, I will not talk about that’,” said Benitez.

“In this case, [Karim] is our player so I will not talk about that. I hope, I’m sure, that he will stay with us.”

Cristiano Ronaldo, Pepe and young Russian attacker Denis Cheryshev, who has also been linked away from the club with Liverpool interested, also got on the scoresheet, and Benitez was happy with the performance of his attacking stars, with Gareth Bale and Isco also playing a starring role.

“The main thing is the team, the main thing is to see all the team playing well,” he said.

“Obviously Cristiano, Gareth [Bale], [Karim] Benzema and Isco, all these players, if they play and find each other then the team will play much better and today that was the case.”

For Inter, they will be hoping to bounce back from a narrow 1-0 loss to fierce rivals AC Milan in the competition last time out, with new signings Geoffrey Kondogbia and Xherdan Shaqiri looking to make an impact.



Matt Haynes

A long-suffering Leeds fan, Matt studied Sports Journalism at university, and has a plethora of multi-industry experience. Having worked on behalf of multiple hedge funds and top-tier investment banks in executive search, he has also had a stint with the BBC and the Press Association. Outside of work, he pursues entrepreneurial activities and likes to keep fit.
Although he has interviewed current England manager Roy Hodgson as well as Rafa Benitez and a number of other names, he is honoured to have spent time in the company of Gordon Banks. Matt enjoys cultivating long-lasting professional and personal relationships, is solution orientated, and supports Coral’s sports content provision.