3 of the biggest teams in soccer made the journey all the way out to Australia to compete in the International Champions Cup. We look at the best 11 players over all three teams.
Roma had a semi successful trip over to Australia this winter, both of their matches going the distance to penalties but unfortunately for Roma fans they only went on to win 1 of 2 matches. Their first match against Real Madrid was a little disappointing for all the fans who turned out to watch the game live that night. In their Second Game they lost 5-6 in an entertaining game vs Manchester City
Left Wing – David Silva was a spark was Manchester City particularly in their first match vs Roma. Silva played a lot of quality through balls to the likes of Raheem Sterling and Yaya Toure and also was a scoring threat himself. His impact was limited as a winger against Madrid. Despite getting limited access to the ball he still created a lot of opportunities for his team and Manchester City were unlucky to have not gotten closer in the game
Striker – Karim Benzema has had a lot of transfer rumors thrown around this winter but one things for sure, if he keeps playing like he is alongside Ronaldo Real Madrid will have to keep him. Benzema stood at as the Striker of the tournament. Every time Benzema received a pass he looked very deadly to score or fire off a pass for an assist
Right Wing – Gareth Bale didn’t have the best of seasons at real Mm\adrid in 2014/2015 but if his form in the International Champions Cup is anything to go by then Gareth Bale is set for a great season. Bale was lively on the right wing and fit right in with Benzema and Ronaldo. Bale played a lot of great crosses and was very deadly when he decided to run by himself
Left Central Midfielder – Pjanic had a great personal tour to Australia in the Winter. He scored against Manchester City and converted both of his penalties in the shootouts. Pjanic was the best of the Roma midfielders, he may have not created as many chances as other but he was very consistent in his passing and he always did the team thing, clearing the ball in defense, crossing from the wings instead of trying to run by himself.
Central Midfielder – Isco was the best of the classy Real Madrid midfielders in the ICC. Every time Isco had the ball at the feet Real Madrid looked to score. Isco had some fantastic runs and was rewarded with 2 assists in one game against Manchester City. I personally look forward to seeing Isco’s development at Real Madrid over the upcoming La Liga season.
Right Central Midfielder – Raheem Sterling teamed up well with David Silva in his first couple of games for Manchester City. Sterling made a lot of runs with varied success. Sterling was a great kickstarter for Manchester City, when City got caught up keeping possession without any penetration Sterling would make a run at the defence and get Manchester on the front foot again.
Left Back – Marcelo played a very disciplined attacking game. Marcelo attacked up with pitch and almost played as a Left Midfielder while also playing defensively. Although not recording any goals or assists Marcelo was a crucial piece in all of Real Madrids goals. Marcelo played a lot of great passes and was unlucky to not get an assist
Left Center Back – Raphael Varane is a highly sought after transfer this winter and has received bids from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. Varane was a wall in defense and with Sergio Ramos, Real Madrid didn’t look like conceding. If Real Madrid can manage to keep Varane they are set for a great run at the La Liga title of 2015/2016
Right Center Back – Leonardo Castan was a defensive anchor for Roma and at 28 year of age has another great 3 years ahead of him at Roma. Being a Brazilian Castan has some stiff competition for the Brazil national team with Thiago Silva and David Luiz but Castan would be the next choice of Center Back for Brazil over the likes of Naldo and Miranda. Castan is a unique player and he played a very attacking in this years ICC which gave the game a more attacking and free flowing feel.
Right Back – Danilo was recently transfered to Real Madrid from FC Porto and he is already looking a great singing. Danilo played an attacking style and was often seen out on the wing ready to fire in a cross. Danilo was a lock from the penalty spot too.
De Sanctis – De Sancits was easily the standout keeper of the tournament. Showing great keeping skills in both penalty shootouts he was unlucky to not have won both matches. No matter where the shots came from during regulation De Sanctis seemed to always be there to save his side.