Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
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Viktoria Plzen v Real Madrid: Case for Solari appointment will grow

Viktoria Plzen v Real Madrid: Case for Solari appointment will grow

After accepting the Real Madrid vacancy in the summer, Lopetegui was famously relieved of his managerial duties as Spain coach just three days before their opening World Cup group match.

Despite the frightful start to the season, a number of Real Madrid players have come out in defense of their former boss.

"For me he is the best coach that I've had".

"Unfortunately, he lacked the little bit of luck necessary to be able to continue with us".

Real Madrid fans were left confused by the comments, stating that Carvajal has forgotten about Zinedine Zidane, under whom he won three UEFA Champions League titles.

"His way of seeing football, his way of managing the group, of being with the players, is something I share".

Real Madrid took a huge step towards clinching a spot in the Champions League knockout stage on Wednesday with a 5-0 rout of Viktoria Plzen as Karim Benzema scored two of four first-half goals for the Spanish giants.

Victory for the holders was new manager Santiago Solari's third consecutive win since taking charge, after Julen Lopetegui was sacked last month.

"Only he really knows his reasons for leaving and he decided it, but I'm happy for him and he deserves all the good things that happen to him".

Keylor Navas has been the regular starter in Champions League games this season, while former Chelsea ace Thibaut Courtois has been preferred in La Liga.

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