One last game in the United States before the squad heads back to Europe. After Inter's first game in the International Champions Cup ended in defeat to PSG, the Nerazzurri continue their tournament with tomorrow's match against German champions Bayern Munich. Even though Inter lost the last time these two sides faced each other in a summer friendly this is a team Inter fans have found memories of from their meetings in the Champions League. The Italian side knocked Bayern out of the Champions League in 2011, but the true joy comes from the Champions League final victory in 2010 that handed Inter the Treble. But that was a few years ago, and while Bayern has continued its status as a European giant, Inter has fallen on hard times in the years since and is looking to return to that level.
Date: Saturday, July 30, 2016
Time: 5:00pm ET/ 11:00pm CET
Venue: Bank of America Stadium; Charlotte, North Carolina
Just like PSG, Bayern is also starting this season with a new coach. Carlo Ancelotti has taken over this side and is still learning about his new team, so his players will be looking to impress. They will also be motivated not to lose to both Milan clubs during their preseason after falling to AC Milan on penalties during the week. Expect to see some of their big names such as Javi Martinez, Thiago Alcantara, Xabi Alonso, David Alaba, Philipp Lahm, and Franck Ribery.
It has been well documented that Inter has had some issues in recent weeks, but it looks like that might be resolved soon. Reports suggest that the club is in talks with Mauro Icardi over a new contract, and Roberto Mancini has been meeting with club officials and a decision over his future is expected on Saturday. Progress on both fronts means attention can soon shift back to where things should be, transfers and preparing for the start of the new season.
No new arrivals means Mancini has the same squad to choose from for this match. Icardi is expected not to feature in this match as well due to a "shoulder injury", so we can expect to see a very similar starting lineup to what has been seen in the last two matches. A number of the Inter players had a good first half against Estudiantes; though Bayern is a couple of steps up in class it will be interesting to see if they can carry on that form and put on a good show tomorrow.
Ways to Watch:
TV: ESPNEWS (USA), ESPN 3 (USA), ESPN Deportes (USA), Premium Sport 2 (Italy), Sport 1 (Germany)