Roma will be Real Madrid's last test before Tallinn

Featured Roma will be Real Madrid's last test before Tallinn

Mateo Kovacic's bombshell of refusing to train may have raised a few eyebrows at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, yet the real focus is on the friendly with Roma as it's the club's final test before Tallinn.

Atletico Madrid await in the UEFA Super Cup, but Roma come first when the two teams meet in New Jersey. Los Blancos have already played Manchester United and Juventus on the current tour of the States, although both matches saw Julen Lopetegui hindered by the fact a number of first team players weren't yet back from their extended breaks.

After the match with the Giallorossi, Lopetegui will welcome back the last of his senior players who will return to Valdebebas and work on gaining match fitness ahead of the LaLiga opener.

Vinicius Junior has been one of the shining lights of the pre-season, causing Timothy Fosu-Mensah countless problems in the encounter with Jose Mourinho's charges, and the Brazilian will be given another start in New Jersey.

This is an attempt on behalf of the former Spain coach to judge the Brazilian's level ahead of the new season, before making a decision on whether he can be a regular option with the first team.

Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema will have a lot of pressure placed upon them to replace the goals lost by Cristiano Ronaldo's departure, and the pair will play against the Italian giants.Toni Kroos, Marco Asensio and Isco will all be given more minutes as their respective pre-seasons are given a boost in intensity.

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