The 2015 International Champions Cup wraps up this week, as do the preseason tours of a number of Premier League clubs currently taking place here in the United States.
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A look at this week’s ICC action:
Chelsea vs. Barcelona
It’ll be the reigning Premier League champions taking on the reigning UEFA Champions League and La Liga champions Tuesday night at FedEx Field just outside the nation’s capital.
Thus far, Chelsea have been defeated, 4-2, by the New York Red Bulls and knocked off reigning Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, 1-1 (6-5 on PKs), on their US tour. Meanwhile, Barcelona began their American excursion with a 2-1 victory over the LA Galaxy, followed by a defeat at the hands of Manchester United, 3-1, over the weekend.
The Blaugrana are still without attacking superstars Lionel Messi and Neymar, as well midfielder/defender Javier Mascherano and goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, all of whom are enjoying a belated offseason period following the 2015 Copa America. The Blues, who this hope to repeat as Premier League champions under Jose Mourinho, are carrying a full first-team squad which includes Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Radamel Falcao, among others.
Manchester United vs. Paris Saint-Germain
24 hours after Chelsea and Barca complete their US tours, Premier League title hopefuls Manchester United will do the same when they square off against Paris Saint-Germain at Solider Field in Chicago, Ill.
To this point, Man United can claim victories over Club America (1-0) and the San Jose Earthquakes (3-1) to go along with the aforementioned takedown of Barcelona. At the same time, PSG have managed to down Benfica (3-2) and Fiorentina (4-2) before losing to Chelsea on penalties over the weekend.
The Red Devils have been arguably the most impressive Premier League side in the ICC this year, though manager Louis van Gaal insists they’ve a long way to go before they can be considered serious title contenders. As for PSG, another Ligue 1 title (2015-16 would be their fourth consecutive) seems a given for the oil-rich Parisian side, who hope to reach the semifinals and beyond of the Champions League after bowing out in the quarterfinals each of the last three seasons.
This week’s full ICC schedule
Chelsea vs. Barcelona (Tue., 8 pm ET, FedEx Field, Landover, MD)
Benfica vs. Club America (Tue., 9 pm ET, Estadio Azteca, Mexico City, Mexico)
Man United vs. PSG (Wed., 8 pm ET, Soldier Field, Chicago, IL)
Barcelona vs. Fiorentina (Sun., 1 pm ET, Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence, Italy)