Real Madrid coach Santi Solari said his players deserved all the praise after Wednesday 5-0 Champions League Group A victory at Viktoria Plzen, several on the squad saying that Solari should have worked until at least by the end of the season.
The result holds the Champions League winners in the last three seasons of the race to do the last 16 of this year's competition, while Solari is now the first Madrid boss since the 1950s to win his first three matches while keeping three clean sheets.
Argentina was asked at the Postgame news conference in Plzen how he made such a difference to a team that had scored a score from the last five matches of former coach Julen Lopetegui.
"The players are the ones who have achieved this, those who go on schedule 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 the Champions League without it.
"Today, the players showed their quality – we saw some really beautiful goals today. There are big players at this point, they can go as far as they want. They have shown it before, they have no limit. They play with this seriousness, commitment and want to score … We must move forward with humility, hard work and aggression in the attack. "
Printed if he was likely to get the job permanently, Solari said he could only think of Saturday's La Liga game at Celta Vigo. After the match, he must either be confirmed as Lopetegui substitute until the end of the season at least or return to coaching Madrid's Castilla youth team.
"I can only think of the next match," he said. "And it's not bad to have that philosophy. In football, the most important thing is always the next match. Today we did well, the players were amazing. Now we have to go ahead and prepare for the weekend. It's a cliché, but it's true . "
Casemiro suggested at Movistar Plus after the match that the players would be happy for Solari to now get the job full time.
"We face Solari as a coach in Madrid," said Casemiro. "People can talk about whether someone else comes or not, but we show him respect as Madrid's first team coach. If that's ok, why not give him a chance?"
The match man Karim Benzema told reporters in the arena mixed zone that Solari had restored confidence in the team and should remain in the role until the end of the current season at least.
"Christmas is a good coach but we are with Solari now playing with more confidence," says Benzema. "To me he should stay until the end [of the season]. "
One of the big talks Solari has done after turning over to end a policy of rotating goalkeeper between La Liga and the Champions League. Thibaut Courtois now starts both competitions and last year's first choice. Keylor Navas now thought it was unfortunate to be bent.
"It's a decision I've taken," said Solari. "But I want to say Keylor is a gentleman and has all my admiration as a player and all my respect as a man. He is still an important player in this squad and is also very much loved in the team."
Asked by a Czech reporter about Madrid's crisis was over, the earlier Blancos The player allowed himself a joke.
"You do not know Real Madrid," Solari replied. "We are constantly living in a permanent crisis, even when we win the Champions League."