Real Madrid host Viktoria Plzen in the third game of the Champions League Group Stage and just a few days ahead of a decisive El Clasico against Barcelona in the Camp Nou. Los Blancos have not won on their last five games and it seems that this could be Julen Lopetegui’s last game coaching the team, even if Madrid manage to get the three points.
Real Madrid: Navas; Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Casemiro, Kroos, Modrić; Isco, Bale Benzema
Out: Carvajal (calf)
Plzeň: Hruška; Řezník, Hejda, Hubník, Limberský; Petržela, Procházka, Hořava, Hrošovský, Zeman; Krmenčík
Out: Kolář (unspecified), Kopic (ankle), Kovařík (unspecified)
Lopetegui did not include Dani Ceballos on the squad list and it’s a shocking decision based on the role the midfielder has had this season, being one of Lopetegui’s favorite and most used players off the bench. Other than that.
Real Madrid lost to CSKA Moscow in the second game, so this is a must win for them if they want to lead the group and face more manageable opposition in the Round of 16.
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Time: 21:00 CEST, 03:00pm EST, 12:00pm Pacific.
Venue: Santiago Bernabeu, Madrid, Spain.