Miami will see Real Madrid play their first match of the season on Tuesday, and coach Julen Lopetegui is hoping for the players to adapt well to his way of thinking on the ICC tour.
The expectation is that the team will use the preseason matches to build their form for the European Super Cup, where they will face Atletico Madrid for the first title of the season.
The match will represent the first of five trophies that Julen Lopetegui faces in his opening season as Madrid coach.
The Los Blancos boss knows that it will be essential to begin his Madrid career well, knowing how a fast start would facilitate a more comfortable experience after the triumphant era of Zinedine Zidane on the bench.
After the bizarre episode that was the announcement of his signing, which ended with his dismissal from the national team and his premature arrival to Valdebebas, Lopetegui’s main focus is to have his team ready on August 15 in Tallinn.
He has taken similar steps as his predecessor to get the team prepared, such as conducting training in Madrid as opposed to Montreal, as well as resting key players from the World Cup.
With this objective, the team will begin its journey today as they fly out of Madrid at 4:45pm.
The destination will be Miami, where they are expected to arrive at 2am Spanish time and will stay at the East Hotel.
The litmus test of the Lopetegui era will be at 2am in Spain on August 1st against Manchester United.
They will also play Juventus August 5th at midnight in Washington and Roma August 7th, at 2am in New York.
From the Big Apple, they will return to Madrid to prepare for a week in an effort to win their third consecutive European Super Cup.
Los Blancos will be made up of players who have been working out in Valdebebas for two weeks, with Bale so far the star and Vinicius showing great potential.
In addition, they will join the World Cup players who yesterday exercised with the team and who are the ones who fell in the group stage (Toni Kroos) or the round of 16 (Marco Asensio, Nacho, Lucas Vazquez).
Luxury reinforcements that, with two weeks of work, will arrive in time to be ready for first derby of the season.
This will be the first chance to see how the team are implementing Lopetegui’s methods.
The Zidane era gives way to a new way of working, but always with the same objective of winning all the titles at stake.