Santiago Solari says Real Madrid win about players

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

He added in an interview with TVE: "We're not going through a good moment, that's clear, but we also struggled at the start of previous year and ended up winning a third successive Champions League, which is something historic". After that match, he must either be confirmed as Lopetegui's replacement until the end of the season at least or return to coaching Madrid's Castilla youth team.

After a fine individual performance against Viktoria Plzen, which included his 200th goal for Real Madrid, Karim Benzema had a message for all those who criticise him. "We have seen lovely goals and I enjoyed them".

"We came into the game fully focused and it showed", Solari said. I'm very happy but this was all about the players - we have some brilliant players here who have no limits.

"But it doesn't bother me anymore because I'm 30 years old, I have children and I don't think about these things".

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Casemiro guided a simple second into the corner of the net after being left totally unmarked from a corner, before Benzema helped himself to another in nearly identical circumstances, this time once picked out by Gareth Bale's headed pass four yards out.

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"We are facing up with Solari as coach of Madrid", Casemiro said.

Viktoria, who are now winless in 10 Champions League matches, attempted to make a good fist of it as Jan Kopic and Hrosovsky both got away shots in the opening 10 minutes of the second half that Thibaut Courtois - preferred to Keylor Navas here - had to deal with.

Plzen left-back David Limbersky appeared to duck out of the way when Casemiro rose to head in Madrid's second, and his lack of aerial prowess was exploited again by Bale and Benzema as they assisted one another to take the visitors' tally to four before half-time.

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