Real Madrid's interim coach, Santi Solari, said his players deserved all the praise after Wednesday's victory in Group A in the Champions League 5-0 in Viktoria Plzeň. Several of them said that Solari should work until the end of the season.
The result is maintained by the Champions League winner in the last three seasons of the tournament to be held in this year's 16th edition of the competition, while Solari has been the first Madrid Director since 1950 to win three of his first three games.
The Argentinians were asked at the post-gaming news conference in Pilsen what was the difference that became a team that only got one point from the last five games under the leadership of former coach Julen Lopetegui.
"The players are those who have achieved that, those who go to the pitch and play the game so seriously," Solari replied. "We played a very serious game from start to finish, you can not win 5-0 in Champions League without it.
"Today's players have shown their quality – we have seen really good goals today, they are great players in this team, they are able to go as far as they want, show that they have no limit in the past, play with seriousness, commitment and want to enter … We must go forward with humility, hard work and aggression in the attack. "
When he decided to keep his job permanently, Solari said he could only think of the La Liga Saturday game in Celta Vigo. After this match, he must either be confirmed as a substitute for Lopetegui until at least the end of the season or return to the training of Madrid's Castilla team in Madrid.
"I can just think of another game," he said. "And it's not bad to have this philosophy. In football, the most important thing is always the next game." Today we did very well, the players were fantastic. "We have to go on and get ready for the weekend, it's true."
Casemiro suggested, after playing the Movistar Plus game, that players would be happy that Solari would now have a full-time job.
"We stand as a coach in Madrid," Casemiro said. "People can talk about whether someone else will come or not, but we will show him respect as the first coach of the Madrid team. If things go well, why not give him a chance?"
Karim Benzema, the man of the match, told reporters at the mixed zone stadium that Solari had returned the team's confidence and should stay in the role until the end of the current season at least.
"Julen is a great coach, but now we are with Solari and we play with greater certainty," Benzema said. "For me, he should stay to the end [of the season]. "
One of Solari's major calls to take over was to end the rotating goalkeeper's policy between La Ligou and the League of Champions, with Thibaut Courtois now starting both competitions, and last year's Keyor Navas's choice is now considered unfortunate when settling.
"It's the decision I've made," Solari said. "But I want to say that Keylor is a gentleman and has all admiration as a player and all my respect as a man, he is still an important player in this team and he loved a lot in the team as well."
The Czech reporter asked whether the crisis in Madrid was over, the first Blancos the player allowed a joke.
"You must not know Real Madrid," Solari replied. "We are living in a constant crisis all the time, even if we win the Champions League."