Real Madrid’s projected XI vs Viktoria Plzen: Vinicius extremely probable to start

08 November, 2018, 07:32 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Dani Carvajal and Julen Lopetegui

Plzen left-back David Limbersky appeared to duck out of the way when Casemiro rose to head in Madrid's second, and his lack of aerial prowess was exploited again by Bale and Benzema as they assisted one another to take the visitors' tally to four before half-time.

Viktoria Plzen will face Real Madrid in Group G rematch in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Real Madrid interim coach Santi Solari said his players deserved all the praise after Wednesday's 5-0 Champions League Group A win at Viktoria Plzen, with several on the squad saying Solari should be have the job until at least the end of the season.

In temporary coach Santiago Solari's first Champions League game in charge Real began slowly but were out of sight before halftime after a clinical masterclass of finishing.

Courtois over Keylor: "It's a decision I made".

Tomas Chory was denied a late consolation by a Courtois save, shortly before Bale sent a first-time shot against the bar, ensuring that Solari's men had a clean sheet to go with their third successive win under the stand-in boss.


DF Sergio Ramos, 5 - Very fortunate not to be sent off at 0-0 after he drew blood from the nose of Plzen's Milan Havel with his elbow, which is not the type of leadership Madrid need at the moment. "Every game is different and you have to continue working with humility, sacrifice and ambition in front of goal and think about the next game".

Madrid were dominate throughout and Toni Kroos added an impressive fifth after the interval when he chipped goalkeeper from inside the area.

FW Karim Benzema, 8 - The often maligned Frenchman's opener tonight was highest quality, driving into the box and then dummying three Plzen players before expertly finishing for his 200th goal for Madrid.

DF Javi Sanchez, 6 - The Castilla centre-back, 21, got his first taste of Champions League action when Ramos was removed on the hour mark, presumably to avoid risk of injury or suspension.

Bale came close to scoring a second in stoppage time but was denied by the woodwork.

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