Los Angeles Galaxy vs Real Madrid | Preview
Mourinho’s first match as head coach of Real Madrid went off without a hitch and the Whites beat Club America 2-3. The team knew how to withstand the pressure of coming from behind and gave signs of everything the Portuguese boss has worked on during the preseason stage in the US. On Saturday against the LA Galaxy, Mourinho expects his men to make even further progress prior to the trip home.
Mourinho is still unsure as to whether the most recent arrivals at training camp (Casillas, Van der Vaart, Albiol, Arbeloa, Ramos, Alonso and Khedira) will play on Saturday. Mourinho said:
We will play with the same system we used against America. This system requires a lot of hard work, effort and intelligence in order to cover ground. I don’t know if the players who just arrived can withstand so much, so we will see if they play during the second half against the Galaxy
“Real Madrid mania” has taken over Los Angeles and a large turnout is expected at the Rose Bowl, but Mourinho knows it has been a grueling preseason for his men and that the players have tired legs. Even though his men might not be in top form to play, Mourinho is convinced that preseason matches are the most intense workouts for this team adding:
Playing these matches offers us physical and pyschological wear and tear, which are basic principles for us during the preseason. We will see some important things during the match against the Galaxy.
The friendly will bring an end to Real Madrid’s 11-day stay in Los Angeles as the team is scheduled to fly back to Spain immediately after the match.
Goalkeepers: Casillas, Dudek, Adan
Defenders: Ramos, Albiol, Arbeloa, Pepe, Marcelo, Garay, Nacho, Tebar
Midfielders: Khedira, Xabi Alonso, Van der Vaart, Lass, Gago, Diarra, Drenthe, Granero, Canales, Di Maria, Pedro Leon, Alex Fernandez, Juanfran
Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo, Higuain, Benzema, Morata
Referee: Mr. Arkadiusz Prus (USA)