UEFA Champions League day 4
Real Madrid needed a win to restore their confidence after a tumultuous start of the season. It was the first Champions League game for the newly appointed interim coach Solari in control of the first team. His team did not disappoint with a large victory 5-0 away from home and a leading position in the group.
Benzema scored a brace and top 200 goals for the club entering a very small group of Real Madrid’s legendary players.
Coach Real Madrid, Solari on the strong performance:
“We were driven from start to finish. The players showed goal scoring abilities. There were some sensational goals out there. Champions League games don’t end 0-5 without some serious character being shown. I am thrilled with that game, but it is all down to the players”
“There are some real stars in this team, who can play however they like. They showed before that there are no limits and playing with drive and commitment, despite the tough games, we can score goals. Today’s goals were a joy to behold.
“The players are very well equipped and that’s to their credit. It’s a long old season and you go through different phases. We now face another very difficult game on Sunday. We’ll have to approach it with the same disciplined attitude.
The only thing I can do is focus on our next game and that’s fine with me. I can only see as far as the next link in the chain. Football is all about the here and now and the most important thing is your next game.
We’ve come through this one with flying colours. Now, we have to think about our next match and focus all of our efforts and energy on it”.
Frenchman Benzema comments on reaching the 200-goal mark for the club:
“I’m very proud of my goals, it’s a big tally and that gives me the confidence to go on and score more. However, it’s not just all about the goals, you’ve got to be a good footballer to be a good striker.
When I take to the pitch I want to score goals, but am also keen to provide assists, defend, attack… do the job that a forward does”.