The continent’s leading teams are preparing the start of the 2021/22 season. Equipment like the Chelsea of Thomas Tuchel, current European champion, or the AC Milan of Stefano Pioli, who returns to the Champions League after drifting in recent years, continue to get in tune with the start of the big leagues.
Precisely the two teams play a friendly match today, against Tottenham and Valencia, respectively. The four teams configure the two most desirable matches of the day, together with the Carranza Trophy between Cádiz and Atlético de Madrid or the duel between Leicester and Villarreal, where the reigning Europa League champion faces the English FA Cup champion.
Chelsea and AC Milan are, precisely, favorites in their duels. The British face an English football classic against Tottenham after winning in their first three games: Petersborough (6-1), Bournemouth (1-2) and Arsenal (2-1). The two London teams have played three games so far and they will meet again on matchday five of the Premier League on the weekend of September 18 and 19.
For their part, the Italians arrive with much less filming than the Valencians and the duel could go towards either side. José Bordalás’ team, who takes the reins after a difficult year at Mestalla, has won four of its five preparation games: Villarreal (3-2), Atromitos (3-0), Cartagena (3-2) and Levante (1-0). They have only fallen against Real Zaragoza (0-2).
The Italians, who have lost two key players such as Hakan Calhanoglu or Gianluigi Donnarumma, have incorporated some important names in their return to the Champions League: Fikayo Tomori, Mike Maignan or Olivier Giroud.