Dani Carvajal: Julen Lopetegui is the best coach I’ve ever had

39;For me he is the best coach that I've had. Unfortunately he hasn't had that smidge of luck with us'

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.

Solari's Real Madrid are preparing to go against Plzen in a Champions League group clash on Thursday.

Real Madrid full-back Dani Carvajal has hailed recently-sacked Los Blancos coach Julen Lopetegui as the best he has ever worked with.

"The players are the ones who have achieved this and they are the ones who deserve credit for the victory".

"We've done a lot of things well [in his three matches], but above all I see the seriousness and the desire to score".

"Today the players showed their quality - we saw some really handsome goals today".

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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.

"It was an important night for us", Casemiro said.

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

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. 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.

FW Karim Benzema, 8 - The often maligned Frenchman's opener tonight was highest quality, driving into the box and then dummying three Plzen players before expertly finishing for his 200th goal for Madrid. "People can talk about whether someone else is coming or not, but we are showing him respect as Madrid's first team coach". "A 5-0 win in the Champions League - I can only be happy with that".

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