Atlético de Madrid will open the Audi Cup with an important match against the Italian Naples. A rival who will play the qualifying rounds of the Champions League, which makes it an acid test for our team. It will be the first semi-final, at 17:45, and will be played at Munich’s Allianz Arena. The other one will be played by the host, Bayern, against the English Liverpool (20:45), another club that will also have to earn its participation in the continental showpiece by playing the qualifying rounds of the Champions.
Therefore, these two games that will be played by our team in Germany will be an important test to verify how the team is three weeks away from of the beginning of LaLiga. Simeone has travelled to this tournament with 29 players to play these two matches, among which are seven players of the academy. The manager called the 24 that travelled to Mexico to play the first friendly of pre-season against Toluca and to the following five players: Amath, who returned from is loan in Tenerife, and the players of Atlético B; Juan Moreno, Olabe, Tachi and Solano.
The match against Maurizio Sarri's Naples will be the second one of the pre-season for our team. The first one ended in a goalless tie in Toluca’s Centenary Match. In case of beating the Italian team, we would qualify to play the final on Wednesday, the 2nd at 20:45 against the winner of another semi-final, Bayern-Liverpool. Otherwise, we would play the fixture for the third and fourth position at 17:45.