Real Madrid in a Mess as Plzen Arrive for Tuesday Champions League Game
Real Madrid are in a mess right now and after another defeat to Levante at the weekend, pressure is building on the club to do something about the situation they are in. From their last five games, Madrid have one draw and four defeat to their name, and they look a shadow of the team that won the Champions League just five months ago. This Tuesday they return to action in the Champions League with a home game against Viktoria Plzen, a game which on paper should be a very comfortable night for them but with how they are playing recently, who knows.
There is no doubt that the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo hasn't helped Madrid, but the players who remain at the club are a long way off showing the kind of form they have done in the past. New boss Julen Lopetegui has had a terrible time since making the move to join Real Madrid, and many people are blaming him for the position that the club are in right now. He is trying to play a very attacking style of football, which looks great when it pays off but right now it is certainly not paying off for them. With a high press and people rushing to get forward, Madrid are leaving big holes in defence, something Levante took advantage of over the weekend.
Anything other than a win against Viktoria Plzen could be the end of Lopetegui as pressure mounts on him. In less than a week from now, Madrid have the El Classico to look forward to against Barcelona, another huge pressure game for Lopetegui, who has been at the club for just five months since leaving the Spanish national team.
While this would normally be a game that not many take notice of because of its one-sided nature, many will tune in and see just what Real Madrid do. The bookmakers think they are going to have an easy time of it on Tuesday, and they have priced them up as the 1/14 favourites to take all three points. The draw can be backed at 11/1, while a Plzen win and a huge shock can be backed at 33/1.