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Dani Carvajal: Julen Lopetegui is the best coach I’ve ever had

08 November 2018
Dani Carvajal: Julen Lopetegui is the best coach I’ve ever had

"People can talk about whether someone else is coming or not, but we are showing him respect as Madrid's first team coach".

Viktoria Plzen will face Real Madrid in Group G rematch in the Champions League on Wednesday.

"We came into the game fully focused and it showed", Solari said.

Things started to look more positive as his side then went on a six-match unbeaten run, including a 3-0 win over Roma in the Champions League and four further victories in La Liga. "Unfortunately he hasn't had that smidge of luck with us", said Carvajal, who has played under the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Zinedine Zidane, Vicente del Bosque, Luis Enrique and Rafael Benitez.

Karim Benzema scored a fine solo effort to open the scoring and take his Madrid tally to 200, and he added another as Casemiro, Gareth Bale and Toni Kroos also got on the scoresheet.

Casemiro doubled the lead three minutes later when the Brazilian outjumped his marker and headed home from a corner.

"Julen is a great coach but we are with Solari now, and playing with more confidence", Benzema said. "We live in permanent crisis all the time, even when we are winning the Champions League". Though landing major titles might be beyond the squad this season, they surely should be able to finish in the top four and make the knockout stages of the Champions League, creating a platform for the inevitable rebuilding that will take place in the summer.

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

Santiago Solari doesn't believe he's responsible for Real Madrid's remarkable turnaround in his three games in charge and credited his players' "desire to score" as the main reason behind three wins on the bounce. Once they play with this seriousness, commitment and wanting to score.

Real were without the injured Marcelo and fellow defenders Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal, who did not travel to Plzen, a western Czech city famous for its lager beer.