The two great rivals of Spanish football have played each other in the International Champions Cup in the United States in Miami in 2017 when a crowd of 66,014 watched a 3-2 win for Barca. This years fixture is anticipated to be staged between the end of the European Championships and Copa America. Although no date is yet confirmed for the 2020-21 season, the 2019-20 campaign began on Aug. 16.
Barca and Madrid have taken part in previous editions of the International Champions Cup in the United States and faced each other in 2017, when a crowd of 66,014 watched a 3-2 win for Barca in Miami.
Barca plan to do the majority of preparation in Europe, playing two or three friendlies, but do not want to miss the opportunity to meet Madrid in America. There is a desire to avoid a repeat of last year’s poor preseason, which saw Lionel Messi miss the U.S. leg through injury and led to a slow start in La Liga.
Madrid have been travelling to the U.S. during preseason for some time. Former manager Jose Mourinho regularly took the club to California and successors including Carlo Ancelotti, Zinedine Zidane and Julen Lopetegui have continued the trend.