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

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".

Karim Benzema's first-half brace propelled Real Madrid to a 5-0 thrashing of Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League on Wednesday (Nov 7), putting the holders one win from the last 16 after a third straight victory under Santiago Solari. After that match, he must either be confirmed as Lopetegui's replacement until the end of the season at least or return to coaching Madrid's Castilla youth team.

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.

The Czech champions will look to get a positive result on Wednesday evening to keep their European dreams alive.

Courtois over Keylor: "It's a decision I made. Every game is different and you have to continue working with humility, sacrifice and ambition in front of goal and think about the next game".

That was most evident for Casemiro's header, and the midfielder said: "It was an important night for us".

Four of Los Blancos' goals came in a 19-minute spell in the first half, having struggled up until that point, and Toni Kroos added a fifth after the restart.

The loss was Plzen's second 5-0 drubbing in Group G play after Roma's Edin Dzeko scored a hat-trick in leading the Italian side to an easy win in early October.

By surpassing 200 goals for Madrid, Benzema became just the seventh player to reach the total in the club's history, joining names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano.

The 18-year-old Brazilian, signed from Flamengo for 45 million euros in the close season, made his Champions League debut after scoring his maiden La Liga goal against Valladolid at the weekend.

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

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