New faces for a classic match

The headliner of the Soccer Champions Tour takes the stage. Six giants, eight parties -reduced to seven by an untimely virus- of many carats, but all present themselves as Opening act for the Superclásico. Arlington will change the clothing cowboy With white and blue elastic bands, AT&T is decked out for a Real Madrid-Barcelona game that is becoming a summer tradition in the country of stars and stripes. Chapter three of american classic. Miami (2017), Las Vegas (2022) and now Dallas. And among so much tradition, Jude Bellingham and Ilkay Güdogan. The novelty.

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real Madrid

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Two newcomer stars who lead the new projects of Ancelotti and Xavi. Two different sides of two also different coins. The one, 20 years old and seems to be generational. The other, 32 years old and a guarantee cum laude. Although the age is mere anecdote. He neither draws immaturity in the new Madrid star nor points to a downhill in his namesake blaugrana. Of course, one has already arrived and the other is expected. Jude has gone further, justifying Ancelotti’s new drawing in which English is perceived as omnipresent. Ilkay, on the other hand, still has to find the mechanisms to extrapolate his polished football by Guardiola to Xavi’s schemes. It’s pure context, because hyperbolizing a preseason would be inaccurate, but the global sensations so far are also antagonistic.

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He Madrid, launched after two convincing victories against Milan -comeback included (3-2)– and United –with two museum pieces from Bellingham and Joselu (2-0); Barcelona, ​​slowed down by a virus that has left its filming at 50% -the duel against Juve was postponed- and with the bitterness of the resounding defeat against Arsenal (5-3) “It looked like a Champions League match”Xavi complained about the intensity gunner after succumbing to those of Arteta, more rolled and with a much higher physical tone. That will be one of the keys this Saturday. Because contrary to the tenderness shown by the azulgranas, clearly affected by that slowdown caused by the angelina viral gastroenteritis, the white team is cementing the summer smiles in a display and an intensity that have little to do with a preseason.

The possible elevens of Real Madrid and Barcelona for tonight.
The possible elevens of Real Madrid and Barcelona for tonight.

Master lines of the new Madrid

“The other games felt like friendlies and I don’t expect this one either. I really want to play it and I hope we can win”analyzed Bellingham after crushing United with his zidanesca performance against red revils. The upper point of that diamond that is being scrutinized minute by minute and that satisfied Carletto off of NRG Houston. At AT&T the exam will be even more complicated and it is expected that the Italian coach will continue to outline an eleven that, game by game, is taking on the appearance of being the gala. The master lines of the new Real Madrid.

Bellingham, supported by his teammates after his goal against United.
Bellingham, supported by his teammates after his goal against United. Tim WarnerAFP

Several certainties. Obviously Jude like ten with Vinicius -as supersonic as always- and Rodrygo as offensive rockets. Trident that will soon be conjugated by acronym (BRV). camavinga He is aiming for the interior this season and Kroos and Tchouameni to compete to be the white anchor; valverde, if there is no physical problem (on Thursday he did not exercise due to an overload) he is non-negotiable, due to his arrival (a double against Milan) and his intangibles (tremendous wear and tear when leading the first line of pressure); and the left-handed lane of the defense is falling on the side of fran garcia about mendy. In addition, while waiting for Güler, still limping, Courtois will make his preseason debut in style. With the anecdotal motivation that would win against Barça for the first time on North American soil after the setbacks at the Hard Rock in Miami (2-3) and the Allegiant in Las Vegas (0-1).

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summer laboratory

In the Barcelona side, the best news has been the return of Alejandro Balde, “brutal” against Arsenal, in the words of Xavi. Although part of the spice of the meeting will be to see that face to face Araujo-Vinicius, which was born in the Las Vegas Classic and was maintained during the season. With Ancelotti’s 4-4-2, perhaps the player from Egar should not swap Koundé and the Uruguayan central defender to try to deactivate a Brazilian who, in recent clashes, already found the recipe to make his hitherto kryptonite ‘bleed’. Also, the eternal doubt. Four midfielders or three up. Summer should be a laboratory where you can find the Coca Cola formula for the season. How to accompany Lewandowski, give Gündogan the playmaker or make him go a step further back, heel Pedri or Gavi to a wing… Questions to be resolved for an American Classic that has little to do with being friendly.

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