Champions League teams' pre-season friendlies
Sunday, 13 August 2017
UEFA Champions League qualifying is in full flow, but what about the 22 sides already assured of a place in the group stage? We check out their pre-season form.
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Anderlecht started pre-season exactly a month after the end of their 2016/17 campaign, on 21 June. René Weiler's men defeated Zulte Waregem 2-1 in the Belgian Super Cup on 22 July, and launched their bid for a 35th title on 28 July with a 0-0 draw away to Antwerp.
30/06: Oudenaarde 1-3 Anderlecht (Oudenaarde, Belgium)
07/07: Salzburg 4-1 Anderlecht (Salzburg, Austria)
15/07: Lierse 0-2 Anderlecht (Lier, Belgium)
19/07: Dender 1-3 Anderlecht (Denderleeuw, Belgium)
Atlético Madrid (ESP)
Atlético began pre-season on 6 July with their traditional training camp in Los Angeles de San Rafael, an hour from Madrid, with the new Liga campaign provisionally starting the weekend of 19 August. Diego Simeone's side will commence a new era at their new 68,000 capacity stadium, the Estadio Metropolitano.
26/07: Toluca 0-0 Atlético (Toluca, Mexico)
01/08: Atlético 2-1 Napoli (Munich, Germany)
02/08: Atlético 1-1 Liverpool (Atlético win 5-4 on pens, Munich, Germany)
06/08: Brighton & Hove Albion 2-3 Atlético (Brighton, England)
11/08: Getafe 0-0 Atlético (Getafe, Spain)
12/08: Leganés 0-1 Atlético (Leganes, Spain)
New coach Ernesto Valverde oversaw his first Barcelona training session on 12 July before embarking on an action-packed tour of the United States, with two Spanish Super Cup games against Real Madrid to come on 12 and 15 August. Their bid to reclaim the Liga crown kicks off on the weekend of 19 August.
22/07: Barcelona 2-1 Juventus (New York, United States)
26/07: Barcelona 1-0 Manchester United (Washington DC, United States)
29/07: Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona (Miami, United States)
07/08: Barcelona 5-0 Chapecoense (Barcelona, Spain)
Basel returned to training on 22 June, and lost their first fixture of the new Swiss Super League season 2-0 away to Young Boys on 22 July.
30/06: Basel 4-1 Rosenheim (Rottach-Egern, Germany)
05/07: Basel 0-0 Wil (Basel, Switzerland)
08/07: Basel 2-0 Neuchâtel-Xamax (Basel, Switzerland)
12/07: Basel 3-2 Athletic Club (Lens, France)
15/07: Basel 3-2 Sporting (Portalban, Switzerland)
Bayern München (GER)
Bayern started pre-season training on 1 July, with their competitive campaign beginning with victory against Borussia Dortmund in the German Super Cup. Bayern twice came from behind before prevailing 5-4 on penalties.
06/07: Wolfratshausen 1-4 Bayern (Wolfratshausen, Germany)
09/07: Erlangen-Bruck 1-9 Bayern (Erlangen, Germany)
15/07: Bayern 1-0 Hoffenheim (Monchengladbach, Germany)
15/07: Bayern 2-0 Werder Bremen (Monchengladbach, Germany)
19/07: Bayern 1-1 Arsenal (Arsenal win 3-2 on pens, Shanghai, China)
22/07: Bayern 0-4 AC Milan (Shenzhen, China)
25/07: Bayern 3-2 Chelsea (Singapore)
27/07: Bayern 0-2 Inter (Singapore)
01/08: Bayern 0-3 Liverpool (Munich, Germany)
02/08: Napoli 2-0 Bayern (Munich, Germany)
Benfica returned to work on 30 June. Having won a fourth straight Portuguese championship last term – an unprecedented achievement for the club – the Eagles now have Porto's record five consecutive titles in their sights. They won 3-1 against Vitória SC in the Portuguese Super Cup on 5 August, four days before initiating their Liga title defence.
13/07: Neuchâtel Xamax 0-2 Benfica (Grenchen, Switzerland)
15/07: Young Boys 5-1 Benfica (Biel, Switzerland)
20/07: Benfica 2-1 Real Betis (Algarve, Portugal)
22/07: Benfica 0-1 Hull City (Algarve, Portugal)
29/07: Arsenal 5-2 Benfica (London, England)
30/07: Benfica 0-2 Leipzig (London, England)
Having commenced pre-season training on 1 July, Şenol Güneş's charges kicked off their new campaign with the Turkish Super Cup against Konyaspor on Saturday 6 August, losing 2-1 after a late penalty for the Turkish Cup holders.
19/07: Beşiktaş 2-3 Schalke (Zhuhai, China)
25/07: Beşiktaş 2-2 Real Valladolid (Marbella, Spain)
27/07: Beşiktaş 1-4 Las Palmas (Marbella, Spain)
30/07: Beşiktaş 1-1 Real Betis (Algeciras, Spain)
Antonio Conte's English champions launched their season against Arsenal on 6 August in the FA Community Shield (England's equivalent of the Super Cup). The Gunners won 3-1 on penalties following a 1-1 draw at Wembley.
22/07: Chelsea 3-0 Arsenal (Beijing, China)
25/07: Chelsea 2-3 Bayern München (Singapore)
29/07: Chelsea 1-2 Internazionale Milano (Singapore)
New coach Peter Bosz held his first training session on 7 July. His first competitive outing was the German Super Cup defeat by Bayern on 5 August.
11/07: Rot-Weiss Essen 3-2 Dortmund (Essen)
15/07: Urawa Reds 2-3 Dortmund (Saitama, Japan)
18/07: AC Milan 1-3 Dortmund (Guangzhou, China)
22/07: Bochum 2-2 Dortmund (Bochum, Germany)
28/07: Dortmund 0-1 Espanyol (Winterthur, Switzerland)
01/08: Dortmund 0-1 Atalanta (Altach, Austria)
06/08: Erfurt 2-5 Dortmund (Erfurt, Germany)
Feyenoord began pre-season training on 3 July, giving Giovanni van Bronckhorst just over a month to prepare for their first competitive task, the Dutch Super Cup against Vitesse on 5 August. Feyenoord won 4-2 on penalties following a 1-1 draw. The Rotterdammers' title defence starts eight days later at home to Twente.
08/07: FC Lisse 0-5 Feyenoord (Lisse, Netherlands)
15/07: SDC Putten 1-10 Feyenoord (Putten, Netherlands)
22/07: SC Freiburg 1-0 Feyenoord (Freiburg, Germany)
29/07: Feyenoord 1-0 Real Sociedad (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
Juventus undertook pre-season training on 10 July at Vinovo. Massimiliano Allegri's side can capture their first trophy of the season when they face Lazio in the Italian Super Cup on 13 August, a week before starting their hunt for a record-extending seventh successive Serie A title.
22/07: Juventus 1-2 Barcelona (New York, United States)
26/07: Paris Saint Germain 2-3 Juventus (Miami, United States)
30/07: Juventus 1-1 Roma (Juventus win 5-4 on pens, Boston, United States)
Manchester City (ENG)
City began pre-season training on 10 July. Josep Guardiola launches his bid for his first silverware as City boss on 12 August with a trip to Premier League newcomers Brighton & Hove Albion.
20/07: Man. City 0-2 Man. United (Houston, United States)
26/07: Man. City 4-1 Real Madrid (Los Angeles, United States)
29/07: Man. City 3-0 Tottenham (Nashville, United States)
04/08: Man. City 3-0 West Ham (Reykjavik, Iceland)
Manchester United (ENG)
The UEFA Europa League holders commence their competitive season in the UEFA Super Cup in Skopje on 8 August against Real Madrid – the teams' second encounter in a fortnight. Their first Premier League game is at home to West Ham six days' later.
15/07: LA Galaxy 2-5 Man. United (Carson, United States)
17/07: Man. United 2-1 Real Salt Lake (Sandy, United States)
20/07: Man. United 2-0 Man. City (Houston, United States)
23/07: Man. United 1-1 Real Madrid (United win 2-1 on pens, Santa Clara, United States)
26/07: Barcelona 1-0 Man. United (Landover, United States)
30/07: Vålerenga 0-3 Man. United (Oslo, Norway)
02/08: Man. United 2-1 Sampdoria (Dublin, Republic of Ireland)
Monaco began pre-season training on 30 June. The French champions lost 2-1 to Paris in the Trophée des Champions in Tangier, Morocco, on 29 July.
07/07: St Pölten 0-3 Monaco (Vienna, Austria)
09/07: Rapid Wien 2-2 Monaco (Vienna, Austria)
15/07: Monaco 4-2 Stoke City (Martigny, Switzerland)
16/07: Monaco 0-0 PSV Eindhoven (Bagnes/Verbier, Switzerland)
19/07: Monaco 1-1 Fenerbahçe (Montreux, Switzerland)
22/07: Sporting CP 2-1 Monaco (Lisbon, Portugal)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA)
Paris started training on 7 July ahead of their tour of the United States for the International Champions Cup. The French Cup holders edged Monaco 2-1 in the Trophée des Champions in Tangier, Morocco, on 29 July.
19/07: Paris 1-1 Roma (Detroit, United States)
22/07: Paris 2-4 Tottenham (Orlando, United States)
26/07: Paris 2-3 Juventus (Miami, United States)
Porto's planning for the new season got under way on 3 July. New coach Sérgio Conceição will try to guide the club to their first major trophy since 2013 (the Dragons' longest drought since 1982) when the 2017/18 Portuguese Liga begins on 9 August.
18/07: Cruz Azul 0-0 Porto (Cruz Azul win 3-2 on pens, Mexico City, Mexico)
20/07: Chivas 2-2 Porto (Guadalajara, Mexico)
23/07: Vitória SC 0-2 Porto (Guimaraes, Portugal)
27/07: Portimonense 1-5 Porto (Algarve, Portugal)
30/07: Porto 4-0 Deportivo La Coruña (Porto, Portugal)
02/08: Gil Vicente 1-3 Porto (Barcelos, Portugal)
RB Leipzig (GER)
The newcomers started preparing for the campaign ahead on 3 July; their first competitive match is a German Cup tie at Dorfmerkingen on 13 August.
14/07: Dessau 0-7 Leipzig (Dessau, Germany)
18/07: Meuselwitz 0-6 Leipzig (Meuselwitz, Germany)
25/07: Leipzig 1-0 Konyaspor (Seefeld, Austria)
29/07: Leipzig 0-1 Sevilla (London, United Kingdom)
30/07: Leipzig 2-0 Benfica (London, United Kingdom)
05/08: Leipzig 1-2 Stoke City (Leipzig, Germany)
Real Madrid (ESP)
The Spanish and European champions reconvened on 14 July; they start their domestic title defence the weekend of 19 August, 11 days after playing the UEFA Super Cup against Manchester United in Skopje, and just after a two-legged Spanish Super Cup tie against Barcelona.
23/07: Real Madrid 1-1 Manchester United (United win 2-1 on pens, Santa Clara, United States)
26/07: Manchester City 4-1 Real Madrid (Los Angeles, United States)
29/07: Real Madrid 2-3 Barcelona (Miami, United States)
The Roma players gathered for the first time under Eusebio Di Francesco on 5 July before heading off for a training camp in the Alpine town of Pinzolo. After a tour of the United States, they begin their Serie A campaign on 20 August.
14/07: Slovácko 0-1 Roma (Pinzolo, Italy)
19/07: Roma 1-1 Paris Saint Germain (Detroit, United States)
25/07: Tottenham 2-3 Roma (Harrison, United States)
30/07: Roma 1-1 Juventus (Juventus win 5-4 on pens, Boston, United States)
10/08: Sevilla 2-1 Roma (Sevilla, Spain)
13/08 Celta Vigo 4-1 Roma (Vigo, Spain)
Shakhtar Donetsk (UKR)
Shakhtar commenced their preparations in mid-June and kicked off their competitive campaign on 15 July when they defeated Dynamo Kyiv 2-0 in the Ukrainian Super Cup in Odesa.
29/06: Rödinghausen 3-4 Shakhtar (Marienfeld, Germany)
01/07: Bochum 0-2 Shakhtar (Dulmen, Germany)
03/07: Odense 2-3 Shakhtar (Stadthagen, Germany)
05/07: Holstein 0-0 Shakhtar (Schuttorf, Germany)
07/07: Charleroi 2-0 Shakhtar (Dulmen, Germany)
Spartak Moskva (RUS)
Preparations for the new season started on 12 June, before Spartak began their competitive duties with a 2-1 victory against Lokomotiv Moskva in the Russian Super Cup.
01/07: Spartak 3-2 Voždovac (Villach, Austria)
07/07: Spartak 1-1 NK Slaven (Villach, Austria)
Tottenham Hotspur (ENG)
Tottenham jetted off to the United States on 19 July for the International Champions Cup. They kick off their competitive campaign away to promoted Newcastle United on 12 August.
22/07: Tottenham 4-2 Paris Saint-Germain (Orlando, United States)
26/07: Tottenham 2-3 Roma (Harrison, United States)
29/07: Tottenham 0-3 Man. City (Nashville, United States)