Real Madrid vs Viktoria Plzen Preview: Recent Form, Key Battle, Team News & More

?Real Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui will have the eyes of the footballing world fixed upon him on Tuesday night as Madrid take on Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League.

His Los Blancos side have not registered a victory in five games and have only scored once in that time, as they struggle to capture any sort of form without Cristiano Ronaldo.

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 A negative performance or result against Czech Republic champions Plzen will all but seal Lopetegui’s fate and see him part ways from the, who are already close to sacking him according to ?Sky Sports.

Despite their wretched run of form, which has seen them defeated by Alaves and Levante at home. ?Real Madrid should have no such problems against their Czech opponents, who were on the end of a 5-0 hammering against Roma in their last Champions League outing. The Spanish giants are second in their group behind Roma, with ?Madrid losing 1-0 to CSKA Moscow in their last Champions League fixture.

Check out the breakdown of the game below.

?When? Tuesday 23 October @ 8.00pm (BST)?
?Where? ?Santiago Bernabeu
?How can i watch ?BT Sport ESPN

Recent Form

Real Madrid have just broken an unwanted record, meaning Lopetegui will be known for being the manager that managed Los Blanco’s to over seven hours and 45 minutes without a goal – a record that had stood since 1985. This is only one of the many problems for Madrid.

The sale of Ronaldo seems to have been the start of the issues for Madrid, which seems to have had a major psychological effect. Their recent 2-1 home defeat to Levante summed up their horrible start to the season.

For a fixture like this, the Madrid faithful would always be brimming with confidence, but their recent run of form seems to suggest anything could happen.


Key Battle 

Michael Krmencik vs Raphael Varane 

Michael Krmencik Is Plzen’s top goalscorer in all competitions this term with nine goals, and he will fancy his chances against Varane if the Frenchman’s performance against Levante is anything to go by.

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World cup winner ?Varane? looked shaky and lethargic against Levante, and was caught sleeping on many occasions by the Levante attack.

Krmencik has already struck twice so far in the Champions League this term and Varane will need to watch that he doesn’t underestimate Krmencik’s ability. Varane should be able to do enough to silence Plzen’s hitman, but if he still has the effect of his Levante performance in his system, it could spell trouble for the Madrid faithful.


Team News

Toni Kroos and Nacho Fernandez weren’t thrown into the mix against Levante but it is likely that the pair will return to the Madrid side in some capacity. Dani Carvajal is still side-lined with injury whilst Gareth Bale looks set to make a return to the starting XI.

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Possible Lineups

Real Madrid :

Navas; Odriozola, Ramos, Varane, Marcelo; Casemiro, Modric, Ceballos; Bale, Benzema, Isco

Viktoria Plzen :

Kozacik; Reznik, Hedja, Hubnik, Limbersky; Horava, Hrosovsky, Zeman, Kolar, Kovarik; Chory


Prediction

Real Madrid are struggling right now, but a test against inferior opposition should provide them with a welcome break from La Liga action before a mouth-watering El Clasico fixture on Saturday.

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Plzen will go to the Bernabeu full of confidence perhaps given Madrid’s recent form. Los Blancos however should be too much to handle for their Czech counterparts.

Score Prediction:  Real Madrid 3-0 Viktoria Plzen

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Picking the Best Potential Real Madrid Lineup to Face Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League

Real Madrid take on Czech Republic champions Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday night, in what could be a decisive fixture for Julen Lopetegui just 12 games into his Real Madrid tenure. 

Madrid have been underwhelming so far this season, failing to register a victory in their past five fixtures. They are also struggling to hit form in The Champions League, currently sitting second after a 1-0 defeat to CSKA Moscow  in their last Champions League outing. 

Here is how Madrid could line up:

1. Goalkeeper and Defence

 Keylor Navas : Thibaut Courtois has come under criticism since his controversial arrival from Chelsea and he may be glad to find himself on the bench for this game. Keylor Navas will be between the sticks for this European clash as he looks to stake a claim for regular La Liga duties. 

Alvaro Odriozola : He may find himself at right back due to injuries, but the Spaniard will have a point to prove against Plzen. He had a game to forget against Levante and will look for a better performance before Dani Carvajal’s return from injury. 

Sergio Ramos : The leader of this Madrid side, Ramos has been looked to for inspiration at both ends of the pitch this season. He’s scored twice from centre-half so far this term, with only Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale scoring more than him. 

Raphael Varane : Another player whose confidence was heavily dented against Levante, the Frenchman needs a return to form. It was an out of sort’s performance from Varane but he should be much more comfortable against Plzen, who should cause Varane less problems than Levante did.

Marcelo : Madrid’s number one left-back, Marcelo is an immovable object in this Madrid side. He has impressed so far this season, one of the few Madrid stars who have performed thus far. He will be vital to Madrid’s success again on Tuesday night.  

2. Midfielders

Casemiro : Madrid’s midfield general was a crucial part of Los Blanco’s success last term and he is now Los Blancos’ main holding midfielder. He has featured in every Madrid game so far this campaign and will look to put in another solid performance against Plzen. 

Luka Modric : The Croatian has had a quiet season so far since his incredible World Cup campaign. He hasn’t been able to show the creativity he is capable of producing so far this term, with attacking chances limited for Los Blancos. A home fixture against Plzen could be the perfect opportunity to show what he is capable of. 

Dani Ceballos: A surprise inclusion, but this could be Ceballos’ time to shine for Madrid. He has been limited to substitute appearances thus far but Lopetegui may look to the Spaniard for something different as the Madrid boss may decide to put fresh faces into his dejected side.  

3. Forwards

Gareth Bale : Welshman Bale could be the difference for Madrid. Los Blancos look much more direct in their attacking play when Bale is on the field. He could be key to getting in behind Plzen and notching some much needed goals, for himself and Madrid.

Karim Benzema : A man who has looked lost at times, the Ballon d’Or nominee has been poor so far this term. He is still Madrid’s senior striker however and will more than likely get the nod again on Tuesday, with Lopetegui unlikely to select Mariano Diaz for this crucial clash.

Isco : Playing in an unnatural left-wing position, Isco will look to offer something different to the Madrid attack. Lopetegui has played Isco in this position regularly and will look to him for crosses and passes for Benzema to capitalise on.

Picking the Best Potential Real Madrid Lineup to Face Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League

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Sergio Ramos Apologises After Training Ground Bust Up With Real Madrid Youngster

Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos has apologised following the emergence of footage showing a training ground incident, during which he lashed out angrily at Los Blancos youngster Sergio Reguilon.

Ramos was taking part in a training session activity, when 21-year-old Reguilon appeared to impede the team captain.

Ramos could not contain his frustration and kicked the ball at the 21-year-old left-back violently on two occasions, as the session was called off.

The footage was shared by Spanish outlet ?AS, while the Madrid captain has since issued an apology via social media, calling his behaviour inexcusable but insisting that such things can happen in training.

Although it may not seem like it, they are quite common situations, but it is not an excuse, my reaction should not have been that,” Ramos tweeted.

“We always go full, right, Regui? In the end team victory together.”

For his part Reguilon, who was promoted to the first team this season, accepted Ramos’ apology, by tweeting: “Always with my team and with my captain, for the victory tomorrow!”

The Champions League holders are making preparations for their group stage clash with Viktoria Plzen on Tuesday but it has been reported that Julen Lopetegui might not be in charge of the squad much longer.

The coach has overseen an extremely poor start to his first campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu, with Los Blancos winning their last game on September 22. They have failed to win their last five games since then and former ?Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is now being tipped to come in as a replacement.

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Spanish Report Claims Real Madrid Are Looking at 3 Coaches to Replace Julen Lopetegui

Word in Spain is that Real Madrid boss Julen Lopetegui’s days in charge of Los Blancos are numbered. And, according to one publication, the former Spain manager could be relieved of his position in a matter of hours.

The leading candidate being touted as his replacement is former Madrid player Santiago Solari, whilst former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has also been named, with the Italian currently out of a job since his parting ways with the Blues during the summer.

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Solari, meanwhile, works as the Castilla coach (Madrid’s B team) and has the team in second place in Segunda B’s Group 1. Marca claims that the 42-year-old Argentinian is viewed as a higher priority than Conte.

It is understood that Madrid will look to promote Solari in the wake of Lopetegui’s departure (much like Zinedine Zidane was bumped up after Rafa Benitez was axed) until June and consider offering him the managerial position full time based on results.

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Former Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc is also thought to be on Madrid’s shortlist, while ?Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino is reported as being the chief option for a summer appointment.

However, Spanish football expert Guillem Balague has cited information from TJ Cope, claiming that Lopetegui will not be fired this Sunday and Los Blancos are leaning towards a more experienced replacement like Conte.


The Italian won the Premier League title and the FA Cup in his two years at Chelsea, but his fractious relationship with the Blues board saw him fired during the summer.

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Tottenham Star ‘Will Leave’ if Contract Demands Aren’t Met as La Liga Giants Wait in the Wings

?Tottenham Hotspur legend Chris Waddle has warned the club that star midfielder Christian Eriksen will leave the team if they do not offer him more money, with Real Madrid and Barcelona believed to be interested in signing him.

The 26-year-old has been a key player for Tottenham in recent years and has emerged as one of the world’s finest creative midfielders since moving to London in 2013. He has racked up 57 goals and 71 assists in his 234 appearances for the club, and is regularly linked with a huge transfer away from the club.

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Speaking in an interview with ?Sportingbet (via the Sunday Ex?press), Waddle claimed that ?Eriksen will ask to leave the club if they refuse to offer him an increased salary. He said: “Eriksen is reaching superstar status and there’s no surprise to read reports of ?Real Madrid and ?Barcelona being interested. 

“Eriksen’s agents will have asked ?Tottenham for more money and he will leave if the club don’t give him it. Real Madrid and Barcelona would jump at offering him those terms so the ball is in Tottenham’s court.

“This is where Daniel Levy decides what type of club he wants Tottenham to be and where he wants them to go. 

“It would be a massive statement to give Eriksen a new deal, but would also be a big red flag if they don’t. It would be a fantastic move if he signed a new deal, but money will talk loudest.”

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Tottenham are currently in the process of financing a move to a new stadium, which has led fans to believe that their team could seek to avoid spending money elsewhere. They failed to sign any players during the summer transfer window, which further amplified the concerns of the supporters.

However, Eriksen is undoubtedly one of Tottenham’s star players and they will certainly have to take notice of his demands if he does ask for in improved wage.

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