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

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

Real Madrid fans were left confused by the comments, stating that Carvajal has forgotten about Zinedine Zidane, under whom he won three UEFA Champions League titles.

Los Blancos narrowly escaped with a 2-1 victory against Plzen a few weeks ago on matchday 3 of the Champions League and will be looking to find a way to increase their goal scoring production and return to the form that has seen them win the last three editions of the Champions League.

The French striker took the ball past one player and then dragged it past another before slotting it through the legs of Ales Hruska for his 200th goal in the famous white strip.

Madrid again started the game less than fully focused, which was a feature of the ill-fated start to the season under previous coach Julen Lopetegui.

Pressed as to whether he now saw himself likely to get the job permanently, Solari said he could only think about Saturday's La Liga game at Celta Vigo. Bale getting a first goal in eight games added to a sense that things are now clicking under still interim coach Santi Solari. "I am only thinking of the next game".

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Man of the match Karim Benzema told reporters in the stadium mixed zone that Solari had returned confidence to the team and should stay in the role until the end of the current season at least.

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. "We live in permanent crisis all the time, even when we are winning the Champions League".

Real were without the injured Marcelo and fellow defenders Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal, who did not travel to Plzen, a western Czech city famous for its lager beer.

Solari made it clear that goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who was relegated to the bench on Wednesday, has all his respect and admiration despite being replaced by Thibaut Courtois.