We are heading to the final phase of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, with just a handful number of games remaining until we witness the final later this month.
With the return of club football just around the corner, clubs such as Real Madrid have started their preparation, beginning with the organisation of at least three friendlies ahead of their game against Real Valladolid on December 30.
This was revealed by Real Madrid superstar Toni Kroos (h/t Mundo Deportivo), in his podcast. He suggested that the reigning Spanish champions are set to face three opponents in friendlies in an attempt to get their players up and running before the season restarts.
The first of the friendlies will be played against Castilla, the subsidiary squad of Real Madrid. This game will be comprised of players who have been working at the Valdebebas since the start of December.
Players such as Kroos, who did not take part in the World Cup, will be present, along with a mix of first-team and youth players who will be handpicked by Carlo Ancelotti himself, coming up against some of the stars of the RM Castilla unit that has produced a few gifted players in recent years.
The next two friendlies are considered to be ‘small games’ from Real Madrid’s perspective. The second friendly will be against Leganes while the third match will be played against Getafe, shortly before Real Madrid resume their campaign versus Valladolid.
The Spanish champions are expected to have many players back at their disposal by the time they face Getafe in the third friendly.
Although it is unlikely that all of the returning players will take part in the match, a majority of them could be fit to feature, including the likes of Thibaut Courtois and Eden Hazard, who has recently announced his return from international football.
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