Friendlies

Real Madrid vs. Fiorentina: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Real Madrid players pose with the trophy after winning the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between Real Madrid and Sevilla in Cardiff City Stadium, in Cardiff, Wales, Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
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Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistAugust 16, 2014

Real Madrid travel to Poland to play Italian side Fiorentina in a pre-season friendly just days after their recent UEFA Super Cup success.

Los Blancos defeated fellow La Liga side Sevilla to claim their first silverware of the season, with two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo appears to have recovered from the continual tendon injury that hammered his World Cup, but only time will tell if a reoccurrence manifests itself. 

Here is how you can watch this friendly tie:

 

When: Saturday, Aug. 16, at 7:45 p.m. BST/2:45 p.m. ET

Where: Stadion Norodowy, Warsaw, Poland

TV Info: Live on ESPN Deportes (US only) 

Live StreamESPN Player (US only)

 

Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale To Terrorise All-comers

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 12:  Real Madrid players James Rodriguez (l) Ronaldo and Gareth Bale (r) share a joke after the UEFA Super Cup match between Real Madrid and Sevilla FC  at Cardiff City Stadium on August 12, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Stu F
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Ultimately, it was no surprise that Real Madrid's team of Galacticos collected La Decima last season, sealing their 10th European Cup in a thrilling Champions League campaign. 

But the flying partnership formed by Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale was something of a surprise, with many believing the Portugal superstar would have his ego damaged by the former Tottenham winger's world-record fee.

However, this was anything but the case. Despite the Welshman's inclusion, Ronaldo hit a staggering 31 goals in 30 La Liga matches, per WhoScored.com, as well as a mind-blowing 17 goals in the Champions League. 

He once again proved why he is the best player on the planet, finding an amazing performance level despite his season being hit by continual injury.

Bale and Ronaldo are certainly the most frightening partnership on the planet right now, with the former Manchester United player vocal about his admiration for his new colleague. 

Ben Burrows of The Mirror recently reported on Ronaldo's words about Bale:

It is great to have him [Bale] with us and bringing his quality to Real Madrid. I am very glad to play with him; he understands me, I understand him and he produces fantastic passes – I love him.

CARDIFF, WALES - AUGUST 12:  Real Madrid pose for a group photograph during the UEFA Super Cup match between  Real Madrid and Sevilla at Cardiff City Stadium on August 12, 2014 Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
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Bleacher Report's Guillem Balague also waxed lyrical about the Galacticos recently, identifying them as the team of 2014-15:

In a short space of time, Bale has already proven he deserves to dine at the top table of world football. If he features against Fiorentina in the friendly in Poland, he is more than likely to show the consistency that he has attained over the past year.

Together, Bale and Ronaldo may win every trophy they pursue this season. And with the addition to the fold of Monaco's James Rodriguez, Los Blancos look almost impossible to stop.

 

Viola Prepare For Juan Cuadrado Exit

FLORENCE, ITALY - MAY 18: Giuseppe Rossi (L) and Guillermo Cuadrado of ACF Fiorentina celebrates after scoring a goal during the Serie A match between ACF Fiorentina and Torino FC at Stadio Artemio Franchi on May 18, 2014 in Florence, Italy.  (Photo by Ga
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When players shine at a major international tournament, it usually fires their stock skyward, with a host of clubs appearing from the smoke to try and capture them.

This is the case with Fiorentina's Juan Cuadrado, who is now one of the most in-demand players on the planet after shining for Colombia at the World Cup.

Cuadrado has been the subject of interest from Manchester United and Barcelona and will now miss the prestigious friendly against the Champions League holders, per Football Italia.

It has been suggested by the Italian press that the player has been excluded from Vincenzo Montella’s squad due to "technical reasons" as he is suspended for the first week of the new domestic season. 

Cuadrado was rated by WhoScored.com as the Viola's best player in Serie A last year as he went on to score 11 times, assisting a further five occasions.

They will struggle without his dribbling ability against Los Blancos, and if he leaves the club, they will be forced to invest heavily—though any expected fee for the player should help this.

Madrid will look to carry on where they left off at the end of last season and will be motivated to capture the La Liga title after their heroics in Europe. Fiorentina will be looking to consolidate this season after a great campaign in Italy last year, finishing fourth in Serie A.

But Madrid are likely to have far too much in their locker for the Florence club as they look to be ready for the new season, with Ronaldo and Bale both healthy and firing.

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