Real Madrid’s interim manager Santiago Solari has been praised by club stars Karim Benzema and Casemiro. 

After Real recorded a 5-0 win against Viktoria Plzen in the UEFA Champions League group stage on Wednesday, the pair said they have been happy with Solari’s work since he replaced Julen Lopetegui at the end of October.

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“Julen is a great coach but we are with Solari now, and playing with more confidence,” Benzema said, per ESPN FC’s Dermot Corrigan. “For me he should stay until the end [of the season].”

On Movistar Plus (h/t Corrigan), Casemiro added: “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?”