An inside look at Real Madrid training session in Australia

Snehanjan Banerjee / 15 July 2015

The Real Madrid squad took part in their first training session on Tuesday since arriving in Australia for their pre-season tour.

The squad touched down in Melbourne on Sunday ahead of the International Champions Cup but Ronaldo travelled separately and linked up with his team-mates at the hotel later, on the same day.

Real will take on Roma on Saturday before facing Manchester City six days later. The squad then fly to China for a further two friendlies before the end of the month against Inter Milan and AC Milan to complete the pre-season tournament.

Real Madrid opened their latest training session to the media as coach Rafa Benítez tested out his tactics at the training facilities of Melbourne City.

After a session in the gym, the Madrid squad went out on to the pitch and trained together in a 4-4-2 set-up.

Benítez used the match to vary his tactics from those he tried on Tuesday.

Then, Gareth Bale played out on the left in a 4-2-3-1 formation, but on Wednesday Madrid played with a 4-4-2 with Bale as a striker.Cristiano Ronaldo, part of Bale’s team, played out on the left.

In the practice match, one team lined up in a 4-4-2 as: Pacheco; Danilo, Nacho, Ramos, Arbeloa; Lucas Vázquez, Kroos, Modric, Cristiano; Bale and Jesé.

The other team lined up in a 4-2-3-1 as: Navas; Carvajal, Pepe, Varane,Marcelo; Illarra, Lucas Silva; Cheryshev, Isco, Lazo (who was replaced by Ødegaard); and Benzema.

The match ended in a draw.

Benzema put his side ahead with a great header from a Cheryshev cross before Cristiano equalised from the penalty spot with the last kick of the match.

After the practice match the squad had a 20-minute running exercise.

During the session, Marcos Llorente, Lazo and Ødegaard had specific work with Eduardo Parra (although Lazo and Ødegaard were also handed minutes in the match).

At the end of the session Cheryshev, Lucas Vázquez, Illarra, Lucas Silva and Ødegaard did some more ball work.

The team will train next at 17:30 CET today at AAMI Park.

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