If you bought tickets to the Real Madrid - Paris Saint Germain match tonight in Columbus, you were probably hopeful to see some of the world’s best players.
After all, these are two of the richest clubs in the world and they have some of soccer’ (or football’s) best players on their individual rosters.
Sadly that will not be the case.
"We must prepare well for the season and we are working well," Madrid head coach Zinedine Zidane said in his pre-match availability on Tuesday.
"The Euros ended late and we are not going to take any risks. I want the players to return at 100 percent. We have a deep enough squad to cover the others."
Zidane refers to the European Championships that ended on July 10. The Copa American Centenario, which took place in the United States earlier this summer, concluded on June 26.
While this is preseason, many of the top players for both teams took part in one of these tournaments and will be rested early in the Intercontinental Champions Cup.
For Real, Cristian Ronaldo and Gareth Bale remain on vacation following their nation’s late runs in the Euros (Ronaldo’s Portugal defeated Wales in the semifinals before going on to win the tournament). James Rodriguez, Sergio Ramos Toni Kroos, Pepe and Luka Modric are in Columbus after joining their Madrid teammates late, but none will play in this contest.
"I don't know who will play the first half or second half, but the important thing is we will play with two strikers," Zidane said. "The players have had a spectacular week [in Montreal] and now we are all happy to start playing games. For sure James, Ramos and Modric will not play against PSG."
In PSG’s case, the match was originally billed as "Come see star striker Zlatan Ibrahimović," despite the foregone conclusion that he was leaving the club (he has since joined English giant Manchester United). David Luiz and Marco Verratti are also not on the roster for this match.
While fans will not see Zlatan or the other two internationals, the likes of Ángel Di María, and Edinson Cavani are available for PSG.
While the on-field names may not be those the casual fans recognize, rest assured there will be plenty of talent. Real still boasts goalkeeper Keylor Navas, defender Raphael Varane, midfielder Isco and forward Karim Benzema to name a few.
For those who cannot make it out to the match, here is the information on how you can watch these players from home.
How to Watch
Date/Time: Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: ESPN2 (US - English); ESPN Deportes (US - Spanish); TSN (Canada); Sky Sports 1/HD (UK)
Venue: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio