Benzema Scores Landmark Goal as Madrid Thrash Czechs

Benzema Scores Landmark Goal as Madrid Thrash Czechs

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.

Julen Lopetegui and Santiago Solari have both gone with Keylor Navas for the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Champions League whereas Thibaut Courtois has been preferred to the Costa Rican in the league matches.

The result keeps the Champions League winners in each of the last three seasons on course to make the last-16 of this year's competition, while Solari is now the first Madrid manager since the 1950s to win each of his first three games in charge, while keeping three clean sheets. I'm very happy but this was all about the players - we have some brilliant players here who have no limits.

"I want to give assists, play, score goals. what a striker does".

The teenager netted the victor against Valladolid and added an assist in Wednesday's match, becoming just the second player born after the year 2000 to register an assist the Champions League behind Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho.

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More shoddy defending from Plzen enabled Casemiro to glance Kroos' corner home, before Benzema took his tally for Madrid to 201 by nodding Bale's cushioned header past Hruska.

Just days after leading the club to a third successive Champions League win in many seasons, Zidane announced his sudden departure.

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.

"His way of seeing football, his way of managing the group, his way of being with the players, is something that I share, it's my idea of seeing football". "People can talk about whether someone else is coming or not, but we are showing him respect as Madrid's first team coach".

"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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