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Pavel Vrba: The only thing we can do is surprise Real Madrid

Pavel Vrba: The only thing we can do is surprise Real Madrid

Plzen boss Pavel Vrba has said that his side will try and surprise Real Madrid in Tuesday’s Champions League tie.

The pressure is firmly on Julen Lopetegui, although the former Spanish national coach would have you thinking otherwise with his pre-match comments.

A defeat to Levante at the weekend has left Madrid sitting seventh in the La Liga table and heading into the weekend’s El Clasico tie as underdogs.

A win is a must against Plzen and a hat-full of goals would also go someway to appease a disgruntled Santiago Bernabeu.

Their opponents will head into the game having drawn with Bohemians at the weekend and losing to Roma in their opening group game.

“I have a lot of respect for Real Madrid,” he told reporters. “They have won the Champions League and are one of the best teams in the world, although results are not good lately.

“Their players are the best in the world and they have a team that is always responsible for getting good results. We must respect them and the only thing we can, is try to surprise them.

“We are not afraid, if we were, we would not come.”

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Jan Kopic is the only reported injury concern for the away side, whilst Radim Reznik and Lukas Hejda were both injured during the international break but were fit enough to feature in the league on Friday.

Karim Benzema, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos were on the bench against Levante on Saturday and will start here. With Daniel Carvajal out until mid-November, Nacho or Álvaro Odriozola will start at right-back.

Expected XI’s

Real Madrid: Navas, Nacho, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo, Modric, Casemiro, Kroos, Bale, Benzema, Asensio.

Plzen: Kozacik, Reznik, Hejda, Hubnik, Kimbersky, Hrosovsky, Prochazka, Zeman, Horava, Kovarik, Krmencik.