Monday, 21 January, 2019

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

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Kristopher Love | 08 November, 2018, 12:59

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".

Dani Carvajal has won three Champions Leagues with Zinedine Zidane but says the best coach he's had is sacked Julen Lopetegui.

Real Madrid's French forward Karim Benzema celebrates with teammates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League group G football match Viktoria Plzen v Real Madrid in Plzen, Czech Republic on November 7, 2018. "We have seen lovely goals and I enjoyed them". We came into the game fully focused and it showed. CSKA have four points with Plzen on one.

It was a landmark night for Benzema, whose first goal was his 200th for the club.

Toni Kroos completed the scoring in the 67th minute when he cooly chipped over the keeper after a counter-attack involving Brazilian substitute Vinicius on his Champions League debut.

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.

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 attractive 67th-minute chip home to wrap up the win and leave Plzen playing exclusively for third place.

What turned into a comfortable night for Real began in nervy fashion as Czech champions Plzen began brightly with Patrik Hrosovsky's cross cannoning off Nacho and hitting the woodwork. 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.

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

The Los Blancos side now have interim boss Santiago Solari in charge and appear to have revived their spirits, ending their win-less run in their 2-0 victory over Real Valladolid last weekend.

Real Madrid now sit level with Roma at the top of their group and will look to continue their winning run with a La Liga clash against Celta Vigo on Sunday. So many can be scored with players of such quality.