Real Madrid started their pre-season programme with an emphatic 6-0 success over Bournemouth on Sunday but Los Blancos might not find it quite so easy when they take on Lyon at Stade Gerland on Wednesday evening.
For while Championship side Bournemouth were preparing for their league opener against Charlton, Lyon are gearing up for a crucial Champions League qualifier against Grasshoppers and manager Remi Garde is treating the showdown with Madrid as a “full dress rehearsal” for the first leg.
Real Madrid know all about the challenge posed by Lyon having been knocked out of the Champions League by the French outfit in 2010.
And they will be up against a side who are closer to match fitness than they are, with Les Gones having already played three pre-season matches.
Nevertheless, it is Los Blancos who are favourites with bwin going into the match at 1.65, with the draw at 3.70 and a home success at 4.25.
The price about Lyon looks big given the advanced state of their preparations and, if there’s ever a time to oppose Madrid, it’s surely when they have a new manager and are just one game into their pre-season schedule.
With that in mind, the 2.10 for Lyon to avoid defeat is extremely tempting.
The trouble is, Lyon’s pre-season form doesn’t inspire too much confidence, with a solitary success out of three to show for their efforts.
And although that last-16 win in 2010 will inspire Les Gones, it is Real Madrid who have had the upper hand in recent matches, with Los Blancos winning the last three meetings between the two sides.
So while the scoreline might not be as emphatic as the one which saw Real Madrid romp to victory at Dean Court at the weekend, it should still pay to back Ancelotti’s men to record a second successive pre-season win on Wednesday.