Tactical Review: Viktoria Plzen 0-5 Real Madrid; 2018 Champions League Group Stage - football

Tactical Review: Viktoria Plzen 0-5 Real Madrid; 2018 Champions League Group Stage



In his first UCL game, Solari has the team out of their slump and back to dominating the pitch in the clubs favourite competition. Newly appointed head coach Santiago Solari seems to have rejuvenated Real Madrid ever since he replaced Julen Lopetegui only a few weeks ago.
Since the switch, the team has been in impeccable form, with handing a manita to Viktoria Plzen in the group stage of the UEFA Champions League being the most recent display.
After Wednesday night?s European victory, Solari has now coached the team in all three of their major competitions (including LaLiga and Copa del Rey) while boasting a perfect record with 11 goals scored and zero conceded.
Let?s take a look at what?s changed in the team from their last UEFA Champions League appearance (apart from the man in charge).
Better Player Positioning

To the surprise of many, the new head coach opted to make some big changes to the lineup. Thibaut Courtois, Alvaro Odriozola, Sergio Reguilon and Dani Ceballos started the match while veterans Keylor Navas, Luka Modric, and Isco sat on the bench.
As a result, the defensive line was adjusted the most for this match as three of Madrid?s first-choice defenders, Marcelo, Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane, were all ruled out due to injury.
However, while the unconventional lineup may have caused pre-game stress for some, Solari selected a group that showed to be strong in positional awareness on the pitch which helped claim a crucial three points.
During t...
source: managingmadrid
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