The 68th installment of the Teresa Herrera Trophy will be an exciting match for Deportivo La Coruna, as the hosts will face Real Madrid.
The club, which was relegated a season ago after finishing 19th on the table with 35 points, is no stranger to Los Blancos. Real Madrid won the two La Liga matches between the clubs by a combined score of 7-2 last season.
Deportivo La Coruna will hope to keep things a bit closer than that on Thursday evening. Let's break this one down.
When: Thursday, August 29 at 4:30 p.m. ET (9:30 p.m. BST)
Where: Riazor Stadium, Coruna, Spain
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Participation in the Teresa Herrera Trophy is a nice gesture on Los Blancos' part, as the club is playing for free.
On local Galician radio station 'Radio Galega', Lendoiro thanked Real Madrid for agreeing to take part in the Teresa Herrera tournament at the end of August to help Deportivo, with the team from 'A Coruña' experiencing tough times. "Madrid's visit will give us €1 million. They are making the trip between official games and it's the best present we could hope for", he said.
The Deportivo director revealed that 'Los Blancos' will receive no payment for the away game against Deportivo, and will even pay its own costs for the trip, a move that Lendoiro praised.
That said, Real Madrid probably won't have many of their top players in action, with a La Liga match against Athletic Bilbao on Sunday.
That's good news for Deportivo, which fell to Cordoba on Saturday, 1-0. A positive draw against Real Madrid's second team—even in a loss—would give Deportivo confidence as they continue on their Spanish Segunda Division campaign.
For Real Madrid, it's a chance to trot out a few of the team's many promising youngsters, such as Alvaro Morata, Jese Rodriguez and Nacho Fernandez.
Whether Real Madrid unleash Cristiano Ronaldo, Isco and company on Deportivo or go with second-team options, Los Blancos will be favored to beat the Segunda Division side.
Frankly, Real Madrid's reserves would beat most La Liga sides, so Deportivo La Coruna shouldn't come out of this match with a win.
Still, the match against Real Madrid is a positive outcome for the club no matter what the result.
Real Madrid win, 3-0.