Benzema brace helps Real Madrid thump Viktoria Plzen

Dani Carvajal and Julen Lopetegui

Real Madrid have headed to the Czech Republic for the first time in 17 years to take on Viktoria Plzen at the Doosan Arena in their match day four clash of the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday evening.

Madrid beat Plzen 2-1 at home last month 2-1 with Julen Lopetegui at the helm before the former coach was sacked three months into his first season in charge after Real were thrashed by arch-rivals Barcelona. "Unfortunately he hasn't had that smidge of luck with us", said Carvajal, who has played under the likes of Carlo Ancelotti, Zinedine Zidane, Vicente del Bosque, Luis Enrique and Rafael Benitez.

The path forward: "If you win 5-0 there will be applause". Once they play with this seriousness, commitment and wanting to score. "For me the important thing always is winning".

Karim is the seventh Real Madrid to reach this mark and he joins a very impressive list of players: Ronaldo, Raul, Di Stefano, Puskas, Sanchez, and Santillana.

"I said it before he became Real Madrid coach, I'm saying it now he's no longer with us and until I find another coach who, for me, is better than him, I'll continue saying it".

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"When I go out on the field I don't just want to score goals", he said after the match.

"Julen is a great coach but we are with Solari now, and playing with more confidence", Benzema said.

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. "But Keylor is a gentleman and he has all my admiration as a footballer and respect as a man".

Bale scored five minutes before half-time, beating Hruska with a low left-footed shot at his far post following Benzema's flick-on header.

Viktoria Plzen come into the match sitting in second place in the Czech First League on goal difference having most recently won 1-0 on the road on Saturday evening against Banik Ostrava.

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