Benzema reaches 200 goals for Real Madrid—joins 6 other Real players
Karim Benzema became the 7th player in Real Madrid history to reach the 200-goal mark across all competitions for the club. His 200th and 201st goals were scored in Wednesday’s 5-0 victory over Viktoria Plzen.
It is an exclusive club Benzema has been listed on, which features: Hugo Sanchez, Raul, Puskas, Carlos Santillana, Di Stefano, Cristiano Ronaldo and now Karim Benzema. For the amount of flak that Benzema has taken the past couple of seasons, he has certainly left his mark on the club.
Benzema joined the club in 2009 from Lyon and has been the club’s main striker ever since. It was a big night for Big Benz and certainly the club as they continued their win streak under Santiago Solari.
Solari praises Navas’ professionalism in being sat against Plzen
Interim manager Santiago Solari was asked by Movistar after the Champions League match against Plzen about his decision to start Thibaut Courtois over Keylor Navas.
“It’s a decision I’ve made.”
“But I have to say that Keylor is a man and has all my admiration as a footballer and respect as a man.”
“He is still an important player in this squad, and much loved within the squad too.”
It’s certainly not ideal for Navas to sit on the bench, especially considering he was starting in net for Champions League action under Lopetegui. .
It was unknown how they would manage the rotation of both Courtois and Navas as starters, but Navas seemed to willing to be flexible with the decisions made.
It certainly isn’t easy to have your starting spot taken away from you, especially when we played rather well last season. At least it seems as though Solari still has Navas in mind and he isn’t just an afterthought under him.
Several Real Madrid players seemingly want Solari to stay as manager
A couple of Real’s players suggested in post-match interviews that they are comfortable with the idea of Solari staying. One of them being Casemiro, who was interviewed by Movistar.
“We are facing up with Solari as coach of Madrid.”
“People can talk about whether someone else is coming or not, but we are showing him respect as Madrid’s first team coach. If things are going well, why not give him a chance?”
Benzema was also interviewed by reporters after the Plzen match.
“Julen is a great coach, but we are with Solari now and playing with more confidence.”
“For me, he should stay until the end.”
Certainly it seems as though the players are becoming motivated and developing a bit of chemistry with their new, interim manager Santi Solari. With Vinicius hugging him after his goal against Valladolid and now Casemiro and Benzema’s comments, it appears they regard Solari rather highly.
For now, the club seems to be in high hopes under Solari and their appears to be some faith in appointing as a permanent manager given their recent form and win streak.
Many did not expect Solari to fare as well as he has, given the struggles he had with Castilla. But, 11 goals and 3 straight clean sheets is rather remarkable for a manager new to LaLiga. In fact, it is something that hasn’t been done since 1957.
If he continues to provide positive results and wins and remains motivated with the players, there doesn’t seem to be a reason why he shouldn’t manage full-time.