Plzen vs. Real Madrid live stream

Dani Carvajal and Julen Lopetegui

Dani Carvajal and Julen Lopetegui

Solari said on UEFA.com: "It's impossible to win 5-0 away in the Champions League and not play a great game".

Real Madrid could easily have been a goal and a man down in Wednesday's Champions League Group A game at Viktoria Plzen, before two goals in 143 seconds from Karim Benzema and Casemiro put them on the way to a comfortable victory.

In Santiago Solari's first Champions League match in charge of the club, the manager has to cater to the absences of Mariano Diaz, Marcelo, Jesus Vallejo, Raphael Varane and Dani Carvajal, who miss out through injuries. Today we did very well, the players were fantastic. "The most important game is the next one and in the game at the weekend you have to focus all of our efforts".

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.

MF Casemiro, 6 - Another game in which the holding midfielder's aerial threat at set-pieces was more useful to his team than his covering of opposition counter-attacks. "We've scored five times and this result will give us confidence".

Real Madrid have two of the world's few best goalkeepers and choosing only one is a headache for every manager.

By surpassing 200 goals for Madrid, Benzema became just the seventh player to reach the total in the club's history, joining names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Raul and Alfredo Di Stefano. 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.

"Only he really knows his reasons for leaving and he decided it, but I'm happy for him and he deserves all the good things that happen to him".

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

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