Atletico Madrid take on the visitors Napoli at “Allianz Arena” in the semi-final clash of the friendly Audi Cup. The game will be played in Munich on Tuesday, August 1st.
Despite numerous speculations regarding the team’s leaders’ departure from the club, this summer Atletico Madrid sold only two players: Theo Hernandez and Oliver Torres having got 50 million EUR for them. However, they didn’t belong to “Los Colchoneros”’ leaders. Still, Diego Simeone has remained in the club and, consequently, Antoine Griezmann with his teammates have also stayed in Atletico Madrid. But the Madrilenians have no options for strengthening their squad because of a ban on registering new footballers and it was the reason why, having bought Vitolo in Sevilla, they had to loan the midfielder to Las Palmas. “Atleti” just returned from vacations and played only one friendly against Toluca resulting in 0:0 draw. The Spaniards should be more active in the forthcoming fight.
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Napoli are also passive during the summer pause and none of the Italians’ transfers of this pre-season is worth mentioning. In opposite to the Spaniards, Maurizio Sarri’s side has played already four clashes during the summer break, having broken Anaunia 17:0, Trento 7:0 and Carpi 4:1 plus got 1:1 draw against Chievo.
The Spaniards and the Italians have never met before. Atletico Madrid are famous of their tough defense, while the team’s forwards have not recaptured yet their best form, still, Napoli are also in weak competitive form at the moment. Thus, I presume that it will be a low scoring game as the rivals only start to look for their best playing conditions.
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.