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In the second match of the International Champions Cup, defending Italian champions Juventus will face Everton in a match that promises to be quite entertaining.
Of course, winning this match won't lead to smooth sailing, as the winner will take on the victor between Real Madrid and L.A. Galaxy. In other words, the winner will face Los Blancos barring an upset of shocking proportions.
With plenty of stars on display, this match promises to be a lot of fun. Let's break it down.
When: Wednesday, July 31 at 11 p.m. ET (Thursday, August 1 at 4 a.m. BST)
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
Watch: FOX Soccer
Streaming: FOX Soccer 2Go
What They're Saying
When Everton takes the pitch against Juventus, the side may look a little different than it did under David Moyes.
It was noticeable in the pre-season victory over Blackburn at the weekend that Everton are adopting the passing philosophy Martinez favoured at Wigan by building play out of defence and limiting the number of passes pumped forward.
Everton’s knack of settling in the Premier League’s upper reaches under previous manager David Moyes was founded upon an ability to find a way of winning no matter what the modus operandi and also embraced a high-tempo approach which shook some of England’s elite to their boots on occasions.
The Goodison Park crowd will have their patience tested on occasions if the ponderous opening passage of play evident at Ewood Park is replicated, but Martinez is confident that the squad he has inherited is “ready to be pushed”.
“You need to have wider options and the squad is ready to be pushed and to be in a position where we can be flexible and do different things,” said Martinez, who arrived in the US with Everton on Sunday for the start of three high-profile matches beginning with Juventus on Wednesday.
Juventus Player to Watch: Carlos Tevez
It will be interesting to see how striker Carlos Tevez fits in with his new team. He's a tireless worker and a classy finisher, so he should be able to fit in just about anywhere, but nothing is ever guaranteed.
Tevez scored 17 goals and added 10 assists for Manchester City last season, so he'll unquestionably add class to Juventus' attack. With a virtual guarantee of consistent playing time, Tevez should be able to score at least 20 league goals for the Italian side, something he did twice for Manchester City.
Everton will certainly be familiar enough with Tevez, so his old tricks won't fool the Toffees. But all eyes will certainly be on Juventus' new forward.
Everton Player to Watch: Marouane Fellaini
Where exactly does Marouane Fellaini fit in Martinez's system? And more importantly, how much longer will he remain an Everton player?
The latter obviously can't be answered as the transfer window continues on, but the former is quite intriguing. Under Moyes last season, Fellaini regularly played in the hole behind the striker, leading to 12 goals and seven assists in all competitions.
But Fellaini is more suited for a box-to-box role, when he can provide a defensive contribution and make driving runs forward. It remains to be seen if Fellaini dons an Everton kit much longer, but if he does, seeing how Martinez employs him should be interesting.
Juventus is the Italian champion, while Everton finished sixth in the Premier League last season. While this should be an entertaining match between quality opponents, Juventus is clearly the favored side. Look for the Italian club to earn the win, 2-1.