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

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

Since Solari took charge Real Madrid have not conceded a goal in two games.

Madrid again started the game less than fully focused, which was a feature of the ill-fated start to the season under previous coach Julen Lopetegui. "We have the players here to score lots of goals and that's what we did".

Navas started Madrid's three European fixtures under previous boss Lopetegui but was among the substitutes for Wednesday's victory, which saw the reigning champions rise to the top of Group G, but Solari said he's made the choice to go with Courtois. CSKA are third with four points, while Plzen sit at the bottom and are out of contention to progress.

Karim Benzema opened the scoring with his 200th club goal before Casemiro doubled the visitors' advantage.

Benzema doubled his tally and set up Gareth Bale in the space of 144 seconds towards the end of the first half, and Toni Kroos floated a handsome 67th-minute chip home to wrap up the win and leave Plzen playing exclusively for third place.

MF Casemiro, 6 - Another game in which the holding midfielder's aerial threat at set-pieces was more useful to his team than his covering of opposition counter-attacks.

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"Julen is a great coach but we are with Solari now, and playing with more confidence", Benzema said.

"On other days we created chances like tonight but didn't take them".

DF Alvaro Odriozola, 7 - A deliberate handball following a mis-control was symptomatic of Madrid's early nerves, but his pace on the cover was very useful on three separate occasions to thwart Plzen breaks.

But any hopes Plzen harboured of a shock win were wiped out with two quickfire goals in the 21st and 23rd minutes. Find out by following our live matchcast.

Real Madrid have defeated Viktoria Plzen 5-0 at the Doosan Arena to make it three wins from three under Santiago Solari and all but guarantee a place in the last 16 of the Champions League.

"If you win 5-0 there will be applause".

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