This is it. The last friendly of the season. Lyon’s next match after this is their season opener against Amiens. You don’t need me to tell you how important it is that Lyon win. Each point matters, so the team can’t afford to “take it slow.”
Chelsea is likely feeling the same, so consider this as an extra aggressive practice. Both teams will collect a good bit of money, and since neither will win the ICC trophy at this point, no one really cares anymore.
Tuesday, August 7th, 2018 Stamford Bridge, London 9:05 PM EST (21:05 CET, 20:05 UST)
With Lyon’s preseason halfway complete, the team will need to step up as they begin facing tougher opponents. Their performances so far against FC Sion (2-2 draw), Fulham (4-0 win), Huddersfield (4-1 loss), and Wolfsburg (2-1 win) have been unconvincing snooze fests. Their next three opponents are Benfica, Inter Milan, and Chelsea, whose teams will pose a considerable challenge even as friendlies.
The tournament they are participating is called the Internationals Champions Cup. By invite only, it’s basically a handpicked group of 18 clubs that the organizers feel can generate the most ticket sales (Lyon were included when Sevilla dropped out). Clubs can earn between €3m to €6m per game (loser vs winner). Each club plays three others, and in the event of a tie, it will go to penalties. At the end of the tournament, the club with the most points wins.
Even though these are friendlies, it’s provided some dramatic match ups so far. Barcelona gets to play Roma (awkward), Real Madrid will play Juventus (awkward), and Manchester United got trounced by Liverpool.
Wednesday, August 1st Estadio Algarve, Algarve 4:05 PM EST (22:05 CET, 21:05 UST)