Santiago Solari says Real Madrid win about players

Dani Carvajal and Julen Lopetegui

Dani Carvajal and Julen Lopetegui Pablo GarcíaMARCA

Real Madrid scored four first-half goals to cruise past Viktoria Plzen and go top of Champions League Group G.

Julen Lopetegui may have been sacked by Spain and Real Madrid in the space of 139 days but an integral member of both squads is adamant that he "is the best coach he's ever had". "We have seen lovely goals and I enjoyed them".

It was a player with far more experience on the continental stage who added Real's fifth, with Kroos curling the ball into the top corner after being teed up by substitute forward Vinicius Junior.

Despite the awful start to the season, a number of Real Madrid players have come out in defense of their former boss.

"I only think about the next game". I'm very happy but this was all about the players - we have some brilliant players here who have no limits.

Real coach Santiago Solari said afterwards: "We have done a lot of things well, but above all, the seriousness and the work, the desire to look for the goal".

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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".

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.

That was most evident for Casemiro's header, and the midfielder said: "It was an important night for us". Los Blancos won their first two games under Solari's leadership, and this will be his first Champions League test.

Courtois over Keylor: "It's a decision I made". "But I want to say Keylor is a gentleman and has all my admiration as a player and all my respect as a man". "We live in permanent crisis all the time, even when we are winning the Champions League".

Viktoria could not capitalise on the uncertainty in the Madrid ranks, though, coming closest to a breakthrough when Patrik Hrosovsky - on the scoresheet in the 2-1 loss at the Bernabeu a fortnight ago - sent in a powerful cross that hit Nacho Fernandez and came back off the crossbar.

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