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

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Real Madrid defender, Achraf Hakimi has revealed that the club's players still do not know exactly why former boss, Zinedine Zidane left the Spanish capital club.

Reigning European champions Real Madrid score four first-half goals as they cruise to a 5-0 win against Viktoria Plzen at the Doosan Arena.

In temporary coach Santiago Solari's first Champions League game in charge Real began slowly but were out of sight before halftime after a clinical masterclass of finishing. "Sometimes, (Petr) Cech played in the league and me in Europe". "I am only thinking of the next game". We came into the game fully focused and it showed. In football the most important is always the next game.

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. "We've scored five times and this result will give us confidence".

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The Czech team tied CSKA Moscow on September 19, but then suffered a blowout loss to Roma on October 2, falling 5-0, before defeat at the Bernabeu.

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.

One of the big calls Solari has made since taking over was to end a policy of rotating goalkeepers between La Liga and the Champions League, with Thibaut Courtois now starting both competitions and last year's first choice Keylor Navas now thought to be unhappy at being benched. "We live in permanent crisis all the time, even when we are winning the Champions League".

Viktoria could not capitalise on the uncertainty in the Madrid ranks, though, coming closest to a breakthrough when Patrik Hrosovsky - on the scoresheet in the 2-1 loss at the Bernabeu a fortnight ago - sent in a powerful cross that hit Nacho Fernandez and came back off the crossbar.

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