Saturday sees the clash of the Italians unfold in Philadelphia, as Roma take on Inter Milan with both sides still harbouring hopes of reaching the final of the International Champions Cup.
Though Real Madrid haven’t been at their most formidable in the tournament so far, a win for the Spanish giants over Group A leaders Manchester United means that either Roma or Inter Milan will reach the last two with a win.
Both sides will be going all out to reach the final, then, in a match that has all the ingredients of a classic encounter.
Venue: Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia
Date: Saturday, August 2
Time: 6 p.m. BST/1 p.m. ET
TV Info: Sky Sports 1 (U.K.) / Fox Sports 2 (U.S.)
Roma Skipper Finding Form
Francesco Totti has been the star performer for Roma during their International Champions Cup campaign, scoring twice in two games to put his side in touching distance of the final.
Despite being 37 years of age, Totti is still going strong, and he was the hero of the hour when Roma disposed of Real Madrid in their second group match, as per the International Champions Cup's official Twitter feed:
Naturally, the praise came in thick and fast for the Italian, whose touch almost seems to be improving with age.
Oddschecker were among those singing the veteran’s praises after his performance against Madrid, reflecting on just how long he’s been a part of the game:
Francesco Totti scored this winner against Real Madrid last night. He also made his Roma debut in 1993 What. A. Man https://t.co/iAtMAEXbPs— Oddschecker (@Oddschecker) July 30, 2014
Totti will line up for Roma once again against Inter Milan, as will Englishman Ashley Cole, who made the switch to the Italian capital this summer.
Cole has adapted to life in the Roma shirt well, and while speaking with Sky Sports after his side’s defeat of Real Madrid, the former Chelsea man praised his new colleagues: "With me joining a new team, it’s nice to see the players enthusiastic and ready to work for each other and to win against a team like Real Madrid—the European champions. Okay, it’s pre-season, but it’s good for our confidence.”
Though Madrid hardly appeared concerned at losing to Roma in a pre-season friendly, it’s their second loss in as many games—also going down on penalties to Inter in their opening ICC match.
The Milan outfit haven’t exactly been at their best so far, understandably so with a weakened setup, but they’ve done enough to move into contention for top spot in Group A.
Their shootout victory over Madrid was followed by a reverse of those fortunes against Manchester United, but the fact that Walter Mazzarri’s side are proving so difficult to beat will play into their hands against Roma.
Much of that is due to having Nemanja Vidic controlling their back four, as the former Manchester United captain has been phenomenal in the ICC so far.
Saturday’s clash will be the battle of two of football’s greatest—Vidic vs. Totti—and it’s an extremely tough one to call.
The match going all the way to penalties won’t suit either side on their quest for progression to the final, but that’s where it looks like it's heading.
Prediction: Roma 1-1 Inter Milan