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Big names, big games? - These are Bayern opponents at Audi Cup

Big names are back at the Audi Cup in the Allianz Arena this year, but is that high because of that? We introduce the opponents of FC Bayern.

Munich - full throttle or applied handbrake? From this Tuesday in Munich, the prominently occupied preparation tournament named Audi Cup is rising.

 FC Bayern, Real Madrid, Tottenham Hotspur and Fenerbahce Istanbul are in the arena. Twice, the top European clubs have to get there within two days - and caution: in the worst case even whistles threaten.

This happened two years ago in the previous edition. At that time Carlo Ancelotti's team got the full broadside of the spectators after Pleiten against Liverpool (0: 3) and Naples (0: 2). And: Not two months later, the Italian coach was history. 

Before the sixth edition of the sponsoring competition, the situation in Munich is very good. The US tour went well and the match starts this Tuesday (20.30 / here in the live ticker) against Fenerbahce, before meeting Real and Tottenham (18 clocks/ here in the live ticker). 

Played over 90 minutes, in the draw, there's an instant penalty shootout. The two winners will play on Wednesday (20.30 clock) the final, the losers kick for third place (18 clocks).

Participants in the Audi Cup: Real Madrid:

The supposed Messiah returned in March with Zinedine Zidane (47). The former world-class footballer has led Real as a coach to three Champions League victories in series (2016 to 2018). 

But it remains to be seen if Zidane will actually bring the royal to its former glory. The league finished Real in third place, almost 20 points behind champions Barça, in the final round of the last sixteen ties against Ajax.

In the summer, therefore, followed by a transfer offensive: Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo came for more than 300 million euros. 

The preparation was so far but very bad, Real lost in Los Angeles against FCB (1: 3) and was slaughtered by city rivals Atlético (3: 7). Also why James Rodriguez, lent last to Munich, but now stay.

Participants in the Audi Cup: Tottenham Hotspur:

The surprise team of the last season! Tottenham made it to the final of the Champions League (2-0 against Liverpool) without a new signing and secured the king class ticket again as fourth in the Premier League. 

Coach Mauricio Pochettino (47) has since 2014 formed a strong collective around the stars Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli. These include the former Bundesliga pro-Heung -min Son (Hamburg, Leverkusen) and world champion keeper Hugo Lloris.

And this summer, there was even a fresh cell treatment for the Spurs. Tanguy Ndombele moved for 60 million euros from Olympique Lyon in the northeast of London. 

Also, the club, which has recently moved to a new stadium (costing around one billion pounds), is about to face the signing of Argentinian midfielder Giovani Lo Celso (Real Betis).

Participants in the Audi Cup: Fenerbahce Istanbul:

The Turkish club comes with Bundesliga power to Munich. Fenerbahce's latest achievement is Max Kruse (31), who had not extended his expiring contract at Werder Bremen. 

Besides, in the squad of the traditional club: Mehmet Ekici. The 29-year-old played in Germany for SpVgg Unterhaching, Bayern, 1. FC Nürnberg and Werder Bremen. With him and offensive Kruse, it will be up for Fener sporty again this year.

Because: The past season ended the team of coach Ersun Yanal (57) only in sixth place, the worst result in 16 years.

The Istanbul club landed over 20 points behind champions and rival Galatasaray also missed the qualification for the international business.

With Eljif Elmas (19) also went a great talent for 16 million euros to SSC Naples. Fenerbahce meets the host Bayern München on the first day of the Audi Cup.


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