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

Silvia Morton
November 8, 2018

Next up for the Argentine coach is a Champions League clash against Viktoria Plzen at the Doosan Arena on Wednesday night.

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.

Benzema's first goal and Kroos' strike were both pieces of solo magic which Madrid's big players have not been providing enough of lately.

Casemiro guided a simple second into the corner of the net after being left totally unmarked from a corner, before Benzema helped himself to another in nearly identical circumstances, this time once picked out by Gareth Bale's headed pass four yards out. However, he will look to get the vital clean sheet.

Navas has made it very clear that he will not leave Real Madrid and provide lethal competition to Courtois for a place in between the sticks.

DF Nacho Fernandez, 6 - Lucky not to concede an own-goal when diverting a cross against his own crossbar during the rocky opening stages, ended the game as captain and by far the most experienced member of the back four.

The path forward: "If you win 5-0 there will be applause".

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DF Sergio Reguilon, 6 - Another competent showing from the 21 year old who was again prominent in attack but not really challenged in defence.

"I am happy with the victory and the goals", Benzema continued.

More shoddy defending from Plzen enabled Casemiro to glance Kroos' corner home, before Benzema took his tally for Madrid to 201 by nodding Bale's cushioned header past Hruska. Took his goal well but still below top form.

By surpassing 200 goals for Madrid, Benzema became just the seventh player to reach the total in the club's history, joining names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano.

Bale came close to scoring a second in stoppage time but was denied by the woodwork. It was a different rotation, not the championship for one and the Cup and the Champions League for the other. "We've scored five times and this result will give us confidence".

MF Isco, N/R - Not yet been picked by Solari in an XI, and unhappy to have been third in off the bench either.

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