AC Milan will face Borussia Dortmund to kick off the Chinese leg of the 2017 International Champions Cup on Tuesday at 13:20 CET.
Date: Tuesday, July 18
Time: 12:20 p.m. BST/7:20 a.m. ET/7:20 p.m. local time
Venue: Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center Central Stadium, Guangzhou
Live Stream: Premier Sports (UK), Watch ESPN (U.S.)
TV Info: Premier Sports (UK), ESPN Deportes (U.S.)
Two European giants come together at the Guangzhou Higher Education Mega Center Central Stadium (amazing, right?) with similar ambitions ahead of the 2017/18 season: the get into the Champions League.
The summer overhaul for the Rossoneri continues as since the last friendly against Swiss outfit FC Lugano, the Club has once again added a big name signing in Juventus star Leonardo Bonucci.
The central defender joins the likes of Mateo Musacchio, Ricardo Rodriguez, Franck Kessie, Andre Silva, Hakan Calhanoglu and Andrea Conti in a spree which has so far amassed €175m, according to widespread reports.
The old saying “the early bird catches the worm” couldn’t be more fitting of Milan’s transfer window so far: it has officially been open for 16 days and Fassone and Mirabelli have acquired 10 players.
However, both Bonucci and another new signing in Lucas Biglia (as well as Andre Silva and Andrea Conti, who are resting after respective Confederations Cup and Euro U21 tournaments) will depart on Tuesday to join up with the rest of the squad in China.
More team news (including projected XIs) when available.
On the other hand, Borussia Dortmund manager Peter Bosz hasn’t quite seen the same level of summer backing as he aims to bring BVB back to the Bundesliga summit.
That said, new signing Omer Toprak has started in both of Dortmund’s preseason games and will hope to become a mainstay in the back line for Bosz’ side.
Mario Götze appeared for Die Schwarzgelben in their 3-2 win over Japanese side Urawa Reds on Saturday and he will look to continue amassing preseason minutes ahead of the new season.
Last time out
It has been a mixed preseason for Dortmund so far, as BVB lost to fourth division side Rot-Weiss Essen in their first friendly with a strong side out.
Despite this, in their most recent friendly they did rescue a late 3-2 win after trailing against Japanese outfit Urawa Reds thanks to a brace from Emre Mor and a late Götze goal.
AC Milan have only played one preseason friendly thus far, convincingly beating FC Lugano 4-0 in Switzerland thanks to goals from Patrick Cutrone, Giovanni Crociata, Jose Sosa and Gustavo Gomez.