While the leagues are currently on break across Europe, clubs have been warming up for the new season with Pre-season matches.
Though the matches are not always taken serious, since there is little or nothing attached to it, safe for pride, managers however sees it as a prelude of what to expect in the coming season;
Here are the top Pre-season matches played over the weekend;
- Hazard’s Brace Could Not Safe Chelsea From Madrid’s Defeat
Eden Hazard returned to scoring ways with two goals against the Galaticos, but those goals were not enough to safe Chelsea.
Hazard making his first pre-season appearance as Chelsea lost 3-2 to Real Madrid in front of 105,826 fans in the United States.
European champions Madrid led when Marcelo’s 20-yard shot deflected off Oscar and wrong-footed Asmir Begovic.
- Ibrahimovic Announced His Arrival With A Bicycle-Kick
It took just four minutes for talismanic Zlatan Ibrahimovic to announce his arrival at Manchester United in the Red Devils’ 5-2 win over Galatasaray.
3. Liverpool Trashed AC Milan In California
Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino scored second-half goals in California on Saturday, but Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana missed chances.
Belgium international Origi had another ruled out after the break for the Reds, who lost 1-0 to Chelsea last Wednesday.
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told his side they “need to finish” more often despite beating AC Milan 2-0 in the International Champions Cup.
4. Atletico lost To Melbourne Victory In Australia
Champions League finalists Atletico Madrid lost 1-0 to A-League side Melbourne Victory during their pre-season tour of Australia.
Defender Nick Ansell headed home the only goal for Kevin Muscat’s side, who beat Italian champions Juventus on penalties last week.
Atletico boss Diego Simeone, who selected seven academy players, was pleased with his side’s performance.
5. PSG Taught Leicester City Football Lessons
Premier League Champions, Leicester City were taught a football lessons by PSG 4-0 in Los Angeles.
Edison Cavani opened the scoring from the penalty spot on Saturday, with 18-year-old Jonathan Ikone doubling PSG’s lead before half-time.
Lucas Moura and teenager Odsonne Edouard completed the rout in the second half at the StubHubCenter.
Leicester City will now face Barcelona next in the competition in Stockholm on Wednesday.
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