Benzema brace helps Real Madrid thump Viktoria Plzen

Benzema brace helps Real Madrid thump Viktoria Plzen

Dani Carvajal, who's worked under the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Vicente del Bosque, Rafa Benítez, Zinedine Zidane and Luis Enrique has described former Real coach Julen Lopetegui as his "best coach". "We played a very serious game from start to finish, you can not win 5-0 in the Champions League without that".

Karim Benzema scored his 200th Real Madrid goal in a 5-0 Champions League rout of Viktoria Plzen at the Doosan Arena on Wednesday.

"We've done a lot of things well [in his three matches], but above all I see the seriousness and the desire to score".

"We came into the game fully focused and it showed", Solari said. Solari was the coach of Madrid's B team, Castilla. I'm very happy but this was all about the players - we have some brilliant players here who have no limits. All matches are different, you have to continue working with humility, sacrifice and ambition for your objectives and think about the next game.

More shoddy defending from Plzen enabled Casemiro to glance Kroos' corner home, before Benzema took his tally for Madrid to 201 by nodding Bale's cushioned header past Hruska.

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He added, "I said it before he arrived at Real Madrid, I'm still saying it now he´s gone, and I will keep saying it until I have a coach that's better than him". In football the most important is always the next game.

While it's true that the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo was always going to be hard, especially as the club failed to spend much money in the summer transfer window to replace him, their decline has been far sharper than it should have been.

Two weeks on from stuttering to a 2-1 win against the same opponents, the reigning European champions made light work of this fourth Group G outing, earning a comfortable win that takes them above Roma at the top.

One of the big calls Solari has made since taking over was to end a policy of rotating goalkeepers between La Liga and the Champions League, with Thibaut Courtois now starting both competitions and last year's first choice Keylor Navas now thought to be unhappy at being benched.

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