Viktoria Plzen midfielder Patrik Hrošovský feels their performance last time out against Real Madrid proves they are capable of producing an upset tonight
Goals from Karim Benzema and Marcelo at the Santiago Bernabeu a fortnight ago secured Real an underwhelming 2-1 win over Plzen.
The Czech side will now host Real tonight for the return fixture in Group G knowing that anything less than victory will likely end their hopes of reaching the knockout stages.
While Real are considered the favourites to land a third straight win under interim coach Santiago Solari, Hrošovský suggests otherwise.
The 26-year-old, who scored Plzen’s goal at Madrid. feels not much has changed with the Champions League holders since Julen Lopetegui’s dismissal and, therefore, insists nothing can be ruled out.
“We had a good chance of getting a result in Madrid, but unfortunately we couldn’t handle the endgame,” Hrošovský told reporters on the club website.
“If we are at our absolute peak in the return game, the result could be better than in the first match.
“Real Madrid still have a lot of quality, even if a few players drop out. A change of coach can alter things, but it is only a week [since Santiago Solari took over] so I don’t expect too much change.”
He added: “We’ve played them now, so I don’t think they will underestimate us. That might have happened in the first game, when they had only seen us on video before.
“We want to put in a good performance and win. A lot of people will be watching, and we’re looking forward to it.”
The Group G game at the Doosan Arena will begin at 21:00 (CEST).