The Lopetegui era began on June 14, when the Basque coach was officially presented as the new Real Madrid manager. And soon after he swapped his suit for a tracksuit and got to work at the club’s Valdebebas training ground.
The players will return to training on July 17 (perhaps minus a few names due to World Cup duties) and for 10 days will be put through their paces before heading across the Atlantic for the preseason tour of the US and Mexico.
‘Los Blancos’ will play four games ahead of their meeting with Atlético Madrid in the European Supercup on 15 August. Below you will find Real Madrid’s pre-season schedule before LaLiga Santander kicks off on the weekend of 18-19 August.
Puebla – 28 July (Friendly)
The first game under Lopetegui will take place 9,020 kilometers from Madrid in Puebla, Mexico. Puebla FC will host the Champions League winners at the 51,700-seater Cuathémoc Stadium for a friendly game, which will be the club’s first on Mexican soil in more than 28 years (the last game was in June, 1990 against Veracruz). After this, ‘Los Blancos’ fly to Miami to begin the International Champions Cup.
Manchester United – 1 August (International Champions Cup)
Juventus – 5 August (International Champions Cup)
Roma – 8 August (International Champions Cup)
Atlético Madrid – 15 August (European Supercup)
One week after they close the US tour, Real Madrid will play the first competitive fixture under Lopetegui when they take on local rivals Atlético in the European Supercup at the Lillekulla Arena, Tallin, Estonia (kick off 21:00 CEST). All of the pre-season training and work under the new coach will culminate in what is bound to be an intense and fiercely fought derby; and three days later, fans can look forward to the kick off the LaLiga 2018-19 season.