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Benzema: Sometimes people don't understand what I do on the pitch

08 November 2018

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.

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. "We have the players here to score lots of goals and that's what we did". Once they play with this seriousness, commitment and wanting to score.

"If you win 5-0, of course there will be applause, today we have done what we had to do to win today, we will continue to work with sacrifice and aggression towards the goal". "Football is about the present and it's the next game that matters", he said, with a trip to Celta Vigo on Sunday next up for Real. "For me the important thing always is winning". I'm very happy but this was all about the players - we have some brilliant players here who have no limits.

The victory also marked Real's third in a row in all competitions under their temporary coach, who said he was focused on the next game rather than his status at the club.

"I don't see a coach coming for one or two months, so for me Solari has to stay until the end of the season at least".

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. Los Blancos won their first two games under Solari's leadership, and this will be his first Champions League test. "But Keylor is a gentleman and he has all my admiration as a footballer and respect as a man".

The hosts were more lively after the break and managed a few shots on goal but could not find the quality they needed in the final third to chip away at Real's lead.

Karim Benzema started the season on fire as he scored five goals in just five matches in La Liga.

Benzema: Sometimes people don't understand what I do on the pitch