Our match prediction:
After suffering a 2-1 loss to Juventus in their International Champions Cup opener, Tottenham will be looking to give fans some cheer when they face Atletico Madrid at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday. The Spurs failed to impress in the defeat to Max Allegri’s troops, but it has to be noted that coach Mauricio Pochettino experimented against the “Old Lady”. Pochettino rested a number of first-team regulars against Juve, with the likes of Son, Miller, Janssen, Carter-Vickers, Ball and Trippier starting the game. Atletico Madrid, on the other hand, recorded a routine 2-0 win over Numancia in their first warm-up game and the last season’s Champions League runners-up are certainly high on confidence ahead of the trip to Australia. Considering that Mauro Pochettino is likely to mix the squad against Atletico Madrid as well, we predict that los Rojiblancos are capable of picking up all three points from Friday’s football match.
Highligted Player (Ben Davies):
After graduating from the Swansea City academy, Ben Davies was surprisingly given a chance to shine as Neil Taylor suffered a difficult injured, and he grabbed it with both hands to become a starter in his first ever Premier League season. The Welsh left-back, who is also capable of operating in the heart of defence, continued with impressive performances in the elite division and one more strong season saw Tottenham Hotspur express their interest in his services and eventually secured his signature. Davies has since been vying England international Danny Rose for a starting position and even though he has been playing second fiddle of late, the defender is seen as a great prospect for the future. After initially playing at left-back in the Wales national team, Davies was moved to left centre-back position as Chris Coleman switched to 5-4-1 formation, and he has impressed playing alongside captain Ashley Williams and James Chester as the Dragons clinched qualification to the Euro 2016 finals.
Highlighted Team (Atletico Madrid):
Atletico Madrid are a Spanish team that plays in Primera Division (La Liga). Los Rojiblancos or los Colchoneros play their home matches at Estadio Vicente Calderon, which holds up to 54,960 spectators. Atletico Madrid have won 10 La Liga titles, but they have yet to lift the European Cup (Champions League) trophy. Los Rojblancos have won 10 Copa del Rey (Spanish Cup) trophies and it has to be noted that they defeated their bitter local rivals Real Madrid in the 2012/2013 Spanish Cup final. The rivalry between the two capital clubs is pretty big and El Madrileno is regarded as one of the most exciting derbies in the world football. Atletico Madrid played two Champions League finals under Diego Simeone, but they failed to beat Real Madrid in the title games (2013/2014 and 2015/2016). However, the Argentine tactician helped Atletico Madrid win the La Liga trophy in 2014 and, no doubt, he is one of the most successful coaches in the history of the capital club.