Viktoria Plzen v Real Madrid: Case for Solari appointment will grow

Dani Carvajal and Julen Lopetegui

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".

Los Blancos narrowly escaped with a 2-1 victory against Plzen a few weeks ago on matchday 3 of the Champions League and will be looking to find a way to increase their goal scoring production and return to the form that has seen them win the last three editions of the Champions League.

Benzema's first goal and Kroos' strike were both pieces of solo magic which Madrid's big players have not been providing enough of lately. "Football is about the present and it's the next game that matters", he said, with a trip to Celta Vigo on Sunday next up for Real.

In temporary coach Santiago Solari's first Champions League game in charge Real began slowly but were out of sight before halftime after a clinical masterclass of finishing. Today we did very well, the players were fantastic. All matches are different, you have to continue working with humility, sacrifice and ambition for your objectives and think about the next game.

"It was an important night for us", Casemiro said. "A 5-0 win in the Champions League - I can only be happy with that".

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Man of the match Karim Benzema told reporters in the stadium mixed zone that Solari had returned confidence to the team and should stay in the role until the end of the current season at least. "If things are going well, why not give him a chance?"

Dan Fitch is expecting a third consecutive win for Real Madrid under their caretaker manager, when they travel to Viktoria Plzen.

GK Thibaut Courtois, 7 - Now firm first choice as Lopetegui's La Liga/ UCL rotation with Keylor Navas has been ended by Solari. "We live in permanent crisis all the time, even when we are winning the Champions League".

Plzen left-back David Limbersky appeared to duck out of the way when Casemiro rose to head in Madrid's second, and his lack of aerial prowess was exploited again by Bale and Benzema as they assisted one another to take the visitors' tally to four before half-time.

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