Pre-season overseas tours don’t always go down well with football fans, who would rather see their clubs play in their home stadiums rather than travel to grow their brand in another continent.
But the International Champions Cup is one tournament that will be eagerly anticipated if the leaked fixtures are correct.
According to the leak, which was brought to our attention by 101GreatGoals, Liverpool have an incredibly juicy schedule that will see them come up against Chelsea, AC Milan and Barcelona.
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Jurgen Klopp couldn’t have asked for three better fixtures to test his team’s quality, if true.
As for Chelsea, they are reported to be facing Real Madrid and AC Milan as well as the Reds.
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Check out the leaked images below.
Official confirmation of games, times and locations is imminent, but fans can only hope the leak is correct because there are some exciting ties.
Real Madrid are slated to face Bayern Munich in New Jersey on August 3 in a game that pits two of Europe’s elite against each other.
Leicester will feature
And, of course, there’s the surprise appearance of Leicester. The Foxes have shot to fame following their rise to the top of the Premier League and will be rewarded for their efforts with a game against reigning Champions League winners Barcelona.
The International Champions Cup is played in all corners of the globe and the China edition could see Pep Guardiola take on Manchester United in his first game as Manchester City boss.
That is according to the BBC’s Simon Stone, who made the prediction on Twitter on Tuesday.
It’s an already attractive tie, and just imagine how high the stakes will be if Jose Mourinho replaces Louis van Gaal as United boss.
Guardiola v Mourinho in their first game as City and United manager respectively would be box office.
Mourinho to United
The Portuguese has been heavily linked with the United job - according to Spanish newspaper El Pais, he has already signed a pre-contract agreement - and the thought of watching Guardiola and Mourinho going head-to-head in next season’s Premier League is drooling for any fan of the English league.
Adding to the intrigue will be Antonio Conte, should he become Chelsea’s manager.
Should all of those rumours come true, the three will use the International Champions Cup to measure their squad’s quality against Europe’s best.
The north American leg is also expected to feature Champions League quarter-finalists Paris Saint-Germain, ensuring the tournament has all the big names stars.