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AC Milan Face Real Madrid In The Early Morning Fixture As Pulisic Is Set To Start

Milan are keen of building a following and will need a strong performance on the field for this, fitness levels will be key.

AC Milan Training Camp Photo by Claudio Villa/AC Milan via Getty Images

AC Milan face Real Madrid in Los Angeles early tomorrow morning as part of the Soccer Champions Tour across the USA. Milan and Madrid face off at 04:00am CET at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.

The US tour is a big opportunity for Milan to grow their brand in the country especially under the new American owners. The US is a strategic market and the club is pushing to gain this market through partnerships with the YES network, New Era caps and launching a baseball inspired fashion collection amongst other major initiatives. The move is also being reflected in the transfer market by moves such as Christian Pulisic - the USMNT captain - being signed from Chelsea FC and persistent links with Yunus Musah and Folarin Balogun.

Milan are going with a makeshift starting XI as numerous players remain in early stages of pre-season preparation following the summer international break. Madrid on the other hand go in with full force playing their top players. Gabbia might be withdrawn from the starting line up given his imminent move to Villarreal.

Milan Expected Line Up (4-3-3): Sportiello, Calabria, Gabbia (Thiaw), Tomori, Florenzi, Loftus-Cheek, Krunic, Pobega, Messias, Colombo, Pulisic.

Madrid Expected Line Up (4-4-2): Courtois, Lucas, Militao, Nacho, Mendy, Valverde, Kroos, Camavinga, Bellingham, Rodrygo, Vinicius.