Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Real Madrid fullback Dani Carvajal: Lopetegui best coach I've had

Real Madrid fullback Dani Carvajal: Lopetegui best coach I've had

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.

"We came into the game fully focused and it showed", Solari said.

In temporary coach Santiago Solari's first Champions League game in charge Real began slowly but were out of sight before halftime after a clinical masterclass of finishing. "For me the important thing always is winning". "I am only thinking of the next game". I'm very happy but this was all about the players - we have some brilliant players here who have no limits. "That is a cliche, but it is true".

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.

While it's true that the loss of Cristiano Ronaldo was always going to be hard, especially as the club failed to spend much money in the summer transfer window to replace him, their decline has been far sharper than it should have been.

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"He is a great coach, we now have more confidence and we are going to compete". "For me he should stay until the end [of the season]".

GK Thibaut Courtois, 7 - Now firm first choice as Lopetegui's La Liga/ UCL rotation with Keylor Navas has been ended by Solari.

"It's a decision I've made". "But I want to say Keylor is a gentleman and has all my admiration as a player and all my respect as a man".

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.

Two weeks on from stuttering to a 2-1 win against the same opponents, the reigning European champions made light work of this fourth Group G outing, earning a comfortable win that takes them above Roma at the top.

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