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Notes & Quotes: November 8, 2018

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Ramos apologizes to Milan Havel, Benzema reacts to goal milestone and Solari isn’t concerned with being hired full-time

Real Madrid CF v Real Valladolid CF - La Liga Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Sergio Ramos apologizes to Plzen’s Milan Havel for bloodying nose

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos sent out a victory tweet after Wednesday’s match against Plzen. In it, he addressed Milan Havel personally, who went off injured with a bloodied nose from Ramos’ arm, and apologized to him.

This incident certainly did not help Ramos’ reputation, but it is a good look for him to send out a personal message to Milan Havel. Ramos recognized that he made a mistake and at this point all he could do was apologize and wish him a swift recovery.

No doubt Ramos received a lot of hate for this on social media, but this was a decent gesture at the very least. For his shortcomings on the pitch regarding conduct at times, he makes up for off the pitch and recognizing his mistakes.

Benzema reacts to scoring 200th goal

Karim Benzema spoke to Real Madrid’s website regarding his milestone 200th goal for the club.

“I play football to rewrite the history books and sometimes people don’t understand what I do out on the pitch.”

“I’m there to help my teammates and give my all. I sometimes score and other times I don’t. But the important thing is that we win silverware.”

“I’m 30 now and that’s always been the case. 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.”

Benzema certainly has received criticism for not always being a goalscorer and pure striker. In recent years, especially with Ronaldo, he has become more of a striker who sets up other chances rather than scoring them all himself.

Against Plzen, he was able to big a big contributor to the offense with his goals and his overall play alongside Bale. What most want from him on a consistent basis is helping the offense be productive and score, something they were failing to do under Lopetegui.

Regardless, 200 (201) goals for one club is something to be proud of and Benzema should have his head held up way high.

Solari isn’t concerned with being hired as permanent manager of Real Madrid

Caretaker manager Santi Solari was asked in a post-match news conference about what happens next in regards to staying with the club long-term.

“I can only think about the next game. Like I said before, I can only see the next link in the chain. I don’t think that’s wrong”

”Football is an immediate game, so the most important thing is the next game. Before today, the most important game was this one.”

“We passed very well and the players were fantastic. From now, the most important game is the next one. It’s a cliche, but that’s how it is.”

“We must be focused and recover from this game so we can focus on the weekend’s game.”

Obviously, he is not directly saying he wants to or doesn’t want to stay as manager. It’s almost certain he has no idea what the club is thinking in regards to keeping him or continuing a search for a permanent manager during Solari’s interim tenure.

The chemistry with the team and the positive results would likely yield at the end of his two-week tenure, which is essentially his evaluation period. I would wager that Solari would like to stay past two weeks.

I said this last night, if he continues to win, there’s likely no reason for the club to hire him full-time. The only really alternative would be that the club have their hearts dead-set on someone else like a Leonardo Jardim or Roberto Martinez. Or, Solari and the team suddenly start losing and hit another bad period in form.