Real Madrid will welcome Viktoria Plzen to the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, in the spanish capital on Tuesday.
Los Blancos are in serious trouble in La Liga, falling short of their expected standard in the domestic competition in a run of four games without a win.
Real coach Julen Lopetegui is under serious pressure to deliver or be sacked due to a gaol drought, run of bad results and home fans will be desperate to see their team score more against the visitors from the Czech Republic.
Real are placed second in Champions League Group G after losing 1-0 at CSKA Moscow in the last round of group games. Normally, there should be a confident air around Madrid with less strong teams visiting in the Champions League, but Real fans are anything but relaxed at present.
Julen Lopetegui’s tenure is imploding, and the ex-Spain coach will be questioning his decision to turn his back on the National team to take up the role with Madrid
Also and maybe more importantly, The sale of Cristiano Ronaldo has triggered a performance crisis at the Bernabeu, and the team have forgotten how to finish off matches with a win
More recently, Levante engineered a shock 2-1 La Liga victory in Madrid on Saturday to further compound the team’s problems and It’s unthinkable Plzen could do the same on Tuesday, but Real’s form is so unpredictable that anything could happen.
Madrid have no new injury concerns besides Dani Carvajal who is recovering from a calf injury
The Czechoslovakian club have previously featured in the last 16 of the UEFA Europa League, possessing confidence and pedigree as they represent their country.
Injuries for Viktoria Plzen include Jan Kopoc and Marian Cisovsky who are out on account of an ankle injury and Virus infection respectively.
Head to head
In comparison, Madrid is expected to win this match but they’re recent form is a big problem. They are getting the chances but the goals are not flowing. It is a bad run yhat has greatly affected their confidence and Viktoria Plzen could pounce on this opportunity.
The two teams have met twice in the past with Madrid winning one match and drawing the other with Viktoria Plzen.
Update: Match Scores
Real Madrid 2 : 1 Viktoria Plzen
Karim Benzema 11′