Real Madrid was reassured during their visit to the pitch of Viktoria Plzen, for the fourth day of the champions League. An easy victory (5-0) that allows the Merengues to keep the first place in the group, ahead of AS Rome. Karim Benzema was the author of a double with a high-class goal. Casemiro, Bale and Kroos are the other goalscorers of the evening.
Deprived of a number of senior players, notably in defence, with the packages of Marcelo, Varane and Carvajal, Real Madrid took the lead in Plzen (5-0), for the fourth day of the Champions League. The winner of the Madrid title was pushed at the beginning of the match. Thibaut Courtois was even saved by his crossbar (8′), before his teammates resumed the game.
A highlight rewarded with two goals for Real Madrid. Karim Benzema opened the scoring with an individual exploit (20′) before Casemiro broke away (22′). The Madrileens will continue to roll out and accentuate their total to four goals. Benzema got a double by taking a corner of the head (37′). Then Gareth Bale, who hadn’t scored since September, sent the ball to the bottom of the Czech nets in a left cover.
On the way back from the dressing rooms, Real Madrid manages his match and continues his demonstration with a fifth goal scored from a coiled shot by Toni Kroos (67′). The German is perfectly served by Vinicius, the young Brazilian prodigy who replaced Benzema a few minutes earlier (62′) and takes his first steps in the Champions League.
Vinicius Junior, The New merengue nugget
The young Brazilian winger Vinicius (18), author of a thunderous irruption in the team of Real Madrid, has “qualities more than exceptional”, said on Tuesday his coach Santiago Solari, believing that the attacker raises the enthusiasm of the public merengue because his game “transmits joy”.
“He’s a very fresh player, very young. Of course he has more than exceptional qualities for his age, it’s very complicated to compare him to other players of his age. His football conveys Joy” said Solari in a press conference before facing Plzen in the champions League.
The promising forward, formed in the Brazilian club of Flamengo and arrived in Real this summer in exchange for 45 million euros according to the press, had not really had the opportunity to show himself under the short mandate of Julen Lopetegui.
But Vinicius, previously confined to the reserve team, has impressed observers since the appointment of Santiago Solari as interim coach : he celebrated his first start with the first team last week against Melilla (D3) in the King’s Cup (4-0), delivering a decisive pass and hitting the cross-section.
The young forward then went on to face Valladolid (2-0) on Saturday in the Spanish league. Entering the game at the end of the game, Vinicius scored his first goal under the jersey of Real with a deflected shot by a defender. “We all love football when a player emerges and shows different things,” rejoiced Solari on Tuesday, without specifying whether Vinicius could become a fixed starting star in Real despite his youth.
“When it is inevitable that a player will play, and he starts to break everything, he ends up playing,” said the Argentinean. “This talent, nothing stops it, but it must develop little by little. (Vinicius) has things to learn, he’s 18 years old, but there are things he can do that can’t be learned,” concluded Solari.
Real Madrid, triple tenant of the champions League, hopes to move closer to qualifying for the round of 16 on Wednesday in Plzen and confirm its recent upswing after the replacement of Lopetegui by Solari last week.