Real Madrid interim boss Santiago Solari said the Champions League hammering of Viktoria Plzen was about the players rather than him.
Real have won all three matches since Solari took over from Julen Lopetegui – including Wednesday 5-0 win in the Czech Republic – leading to speculation that his stay in the hotseat may not be temporary after all.
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Solari said on UEFA.com: “It’s impossible to win 5-0 away in the Champions League and not play a great game. I’m very happy but this was all about the players – we have some brilliant players here who have no limits.
“The players deserve this and focus now switches to the next match. We came into the game fully focused and it showed. We have the players here to score lots of goals and that’s what we did.”
Some of the old Real swagger was evident again, albeit against opponents who allowed the defending champions far too much space in the box and were horribly exposed from set-pieces.
That was most evident for Casemiro’s header, and the midfielder said: “It was an important night for us. We’ve scored five times and this result will give us confidence.
“On other days we created chances like tonight but didn’t take them. Real Madrid is the most demanding club in the world and you always have to win here.”
7 – Karim @Benzema has scored his 200th goal for @realmadriden in all competitions, becoming the 7th player to reach this tally for the club. Olympus. pic.twitter.com/eDkAqC738F
It was a landmark night for Benzema, whose first goal was his 200th for the club.
The Frenchman has not always been appreciated by Real’s fans, and he said: “I play football to make history. Sometimes people don’t really understand what I do on the pitch. I’m there to help my team-mates as well as score goals. For me the important thing always is winning.”
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