Our match prediction:
All eyes will be on Michigan Stadium when two big-spending clubs Real Madrid and Chelsea face each other at the 2016 International Champions Cup. Los Blancos suffered a 3-1 loss to PSG in their opener, but it has to be noted that the La Liga giants were playing without key player Cristiano Ronaldo. Seeing that CR7 remains on the sidelines, we would not be surprised if Zinedine Zidane’s troops experience all sorts of problems in Saturday’s football match against Chelsea. The Blues recorded a hard-fought 1-0 win over Liverpool in the opening match of their International Champions Cup campaign and it is more than obvious that former Italy coach Antonio Conte is going to help the capital club improve their game. Taking everything into account, we predict that Chelsea are going to defeat Ronaldo-less Real Madrid in Michigan. In their last meeting at the International Champions Cup Real Madrid recorded a 3-1 win over Chelsea (2013).
Highligted Player (Navas):
Keylor Navas is an exceptionally gifted goal keeper who plays for Spanish club Real Madrid and the Costa Rica national team. The 29-year-old rose through the youth ranks at Saprissa before making his professional bow with them in 2005. After a successful stint with them, he ventured into Spanish football with a move to Albacete and then to Levante. His exploits at Levante earned him a move to Real Madrid where he quickly established as a first-team regular. Despite coming within seconds of moving away from the club to accommodate David de Gea, Navas became a crowd favorite with outstanding displays in 2015-16 season. Navas has played over 60 games for Costa Rica having made his debut in 2008. He has represented them at the 2014 FIFA World Cup where Costa Rica were a losing quarter-finalists. Their progress in the tournament is largely attributed to the success of Navas under the sticks.
Highlighted Team (Chelsea):
Over the years Chelsea have established themselves as one of the dominant forces in the English Premier League. Roberto Di Matteo helped the team win their first ever Champions League trophy (2011/2012), but it has to be noted that they were more than fortunate to beat Bayern Munich in the title game. Chelsea have been playing at Stamford Bridge since 1876 and they are a real force to be reckoned with at home. The Blues have won seven FA Cups, five League Cups, two UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups and the UEFA Europa League. Rafael Benitez was in charge of the team that faced Benfica in the 2012/2013 Europa League final, with Branislav Ivanovic scoring the winner for the Blues in the title clash. After lifting the 2014/2015 Premier League trophy, the Blues largely struggled in the next campaign, which saw Jose Mourinho’s second spell with the club come to an end, and Antoine Conte went over to take the reigns for the 2016/2017 season.