The European Champions will prepare for the new season in North America and without the services of star striker Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid won their third successive Champions League trophy against Liverpool but are a club who have been shaken with major changes to their team – with manager Zinedine Zidane having resigned from his post soon after the European victory and star striker Cristiano Ronaldo leaving to Juventus in a big-money move.
Julen Lopetegui has taken the reigns of the European Champions ahead of the new season and will look to improve on the Spanish side’s league showing after they finished third in favour of winners Barcelona.
Fresh off the backs of an eventful World Cup where the likes of Luka Modric and Raphael Varane starred, Madrid will get their preparations for the new season underway with fixtures in the United States as part of the International Champions’ Cup (ICC).
Goal brings you your complete guide to Real Madrid’s 2018 pre-season tour as well as dates, venues and all you need to know about the preparations for the new campaign.
Real Madrid pre-season fixtures
|Date||Match||Time (UK / US ET)||Venue|
|Jul 31||Real Madrid vs Man United||1:05am / 8:05pm||Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida|
|Aug 5||Real Madrid vs Juventus||2:05am / 9:05pm||FedExField, Landover, Maryland|
|Aug 8||Real Madrid vs Roma||3:05am / 10:05pm||MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey|
|Aug 15||Real Madrid vs Atletico Madrid*||9pm / 6pm||Lillekula Stadium, Tallinn|
*UEFA Super Cup fixture.
Madrid will get their pre-season started with a massive fixture against Manchester United at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida on July 31. It will be a meeting between managers of Real Madrid new and old – with Jose Mourinho meeting his former side.
They then face off against Juventus in Maryland in another high-profile European clash, though Ronaldo will not feature for the Serie A giants against his old side as he will miss the entirety of the ICC tournament.
Lopetegui’s side then face Roma in New Jersey to cap off their Stateside tour before their first competitive fixture against Atletico Madrid in Estonia to contest the UEFA Super Cup.
Real Madrid 2018-19 squad numbers
Real Madrid 2018-19 transfer activity
Real Madrid have been rocked with a €100 million (£88m/$117m) cash windfall following Ronaldo’s sensational move to Juventus, and they will be expected to dip into the transfer window for a suitable replacement before it closes on August 31.
They have already been linked with the likes of Belgium duo Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea, and recently had to deny that they inquired about the services of ex-Barcelona forward Neymar.
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Transfer activity in
|GK||Andriy Lunin||Zorya Luhansk||€8.5m|
|DF||Alvaro Odriozola||Real Sociedad||€30m|
Transfer activity out
Real Madrid’s La Liga 2018-19 fixtures
The fixtures for Real Madrid’s 2018-19 La Liga season will be announced on Thursday July 19.