Real Madrid lost all three matches at the International Champions Cup, including a 3-2 loss to Barcelona on Saturday, but head coach Zinedine Zidane
and his players are not concerned.
The European champions face the MLS all-stars Wednesday in Chicago, then return home before facing Manchester United in the UEFA Super Cup Aug. 8 in Skopje.
"When there is a title
in the middle," captain Sergio Ramos said
, "then everything is different and we're
working well to be ready for Aug. 8." Cristiano Ronaldo
is back in Spain, where he is fighting charges of tax evasion, while Sergio Ramos
returned to camp late. Spanish
U-21s Dani Ceballos
, Jesus Vallejo
and Marcos Llorente
got a late start in summer training because they had been playing the UEFA U-21 Championships, where Spain
The Real Madrid defense will need Sergio Ramos back at 100 percent as it was a mess against Barcelona on Saturday in the mini-Clasico the Catalan team won, 3-2.
Still, Zidane has a rather clear idea of his starting lineup. The key will be building the team's depth with young returnees like Mateo Kovacic
, Marco Asensio
Zidane will also need to integrate newcomers like Dani Ceballos
(Real Betis), Marcos Llorente
(Alaves), Jesus Vallejo
Frankfurt) and Theo Hernandez
(Atletico Madrid) into the team.
Real Madrid lost to Manchester United on penalty kicks and fell to Manchester City (4-1) and Barcelona in the ICC.
After the UEFA Super, it will play Barcelona in the two-leg Spanish Super Cup before La Liga season starts on Aug. 20 at Deportivo Coruna.