Real's Carvajal: 'Lopetegui is the best coach I've had'

Dani Carvajal Julen Lopetegui Real Madrid 2018-19

What turned into a comfortable night for Real began in nervy fashion as Czech champions Plzen began brightly with Patrik Hrosovsky's cross cannoning off Nacho and hitting the woodwork.

In Santiago Solari's first Champions League match in charge of the club, the manager has to cater to the absences of Mariano Diaz, Marcelo, Jesus Vallejo, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal, who miss out through injuries.

The run continued with a 5-0 win over Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday in the Champions League.

Benzema and Gareth Bale made it 0-4 by half-time, and Toni Kroos' neat chip was the cherry on top in the second half.

"I want to give assists, play, score goals. what a striker does".

Tomas Chory was denied a late consolation by a Courtois save, shortly before Bale sent a first-time shot against the bar, ensuring that Solari's men had a clean sheet to go with their third successive win under the stand-in boss.

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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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.

"I am happy with the victory and the goals", Benzema continued.

The Czech team tied CSKA Moscow on September 19, but then suffered a blowout loss to Roma on October 2, falling 5-0, before defeat at the Bernabeu.

FW Karim Benzema, 8 - The often maligned Frenchman's opener tonight was highest quality, driving into the box and then dummying three Plzen players before expertly finishing for his 200th goal for Madrid.

Bale came close to scoring a second in stoppage time but was denied by the woodwork.

"He is a great coach, we now have more confidence and we are going to compete".

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