Benzema: Sometimes people don't understand what I do on the pitch

Ross Houston
November 8, 2018

Real Madrid fired Julen Lopetegui as head coach six days later and replaced him with Santiago Solari. "For me the important thing always is winning".

"I can just think about the next game", he said.

Madrid soon asserted their superiority when Benzema was granted space to run into and he used it to slot his milestone strike between the legs of Ales Hruska in the 20th minute.

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. Madrid were far from convincing in their 2-0 win at home to Real Valladolid at the weekend, with both goals coming within the last ten minutes of the game, but every victory will add a little confidence to what was left by the time Lopetegui departed.

Kroos rounded off the scoring in the 68th minute, curling a sumptuous lob over the stranded Hruska following a pass from rising star Vinicius Junior, who came on as a second-half substitute. It was a different rotation, not the championship for one and the Cup and the Champions League for the other.

Real Madrid's Keylor Navas during a training session ahead of the 2018-19 UEFA Champions League Group Stage match against CSKA Moscow. CSKA are third with four points, while Plzen sit at the bottom and are out of contention to progress.

Viktoria Plzen come into the match sitting in second place in the Czech First League on goal difference having most recently won 1-0 on the road on Saturday evening against Banik Ostrava.

But they were quick to regain their composure and put Plzen on the back foot.

Benzema then narrowly missed Bale's cross just in front of a gaping goal.

With Madrid and Roma locked on nine points at the top of the group, their clash at the Stadio Olimpico in three weeks could well prove pivotal to who potentially earns a better draw in the last 16.

In their next Champions League game, Real face Roma in Rome on Nov 27.

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