Real's Carvajal: 'Lopetegui is the best coach I've had'

Dani Carvajal and Julen Lopetegui

Dani Carvajal and Julen Lopetegui

Let the hype train roll on for Santiago Solari, who has righted the ship for Real Madird and continued his flying start as interim manager for Los Blancos with a 5-0 Champions League victory over Viktoria Plzen on Wednesday.

Thibaut Courtois is Solari's choice to play in goal for Real Madrid in the Champions League match away to Viktoria Plzen, thus confirming his decision to use just one goalkeeper for the club's two biggest competitions, unlike Julen Lopetegui.

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There are few experienced candidates available for the role, with even fewer seeming to actually want the job.

Julen Lopetegui may have been sacked by Spain and Real Madrid in the space of 139 days but an integral member of both squads is adamant that he "is the best coach he's ever had". It was a different rotation, not the championship for one and the Cup and the Champions League for the other.

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Real are at least top of Group G, despite their surprise loss to CSKA Moscow.

Since Solari took charge Real Madrid have not conceded a goal in two games.

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Real Madrid defender, Achraf Hakimi has revealed that the club's players still do not know exactly why former boss, Zinedine Zidane left the Spanish capital club. These results have admittedly come against modest opposition, but Viktoria Plzen firmly fall into that category anyway. However, he will look to get the vital clean sheet.

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