Although of course Real was worse as a team on Friday night in Manchester, this defeat will have the face of Raphael Varane. The French, who was supposed to be the leader of the defensive formation in the return after Sergio Ramos had to sideline for the red card, failed all along the line.
Not only was he not a leader but also made junior mistakes. Early in the first half, in a seemingly harmless situation, he took the ball away from his own goal, with Raheem Sterling’s goal. And if someone thought then that the Madrid defender had exhausted the error limit, he must have been surprised an hour later. When Real was still in game With Karim Benzema’s equalizer goal, Varane made himself known again. This time he “assisted” Gabriel Jesus, who took the ball too lightly from the French to Thibaut Courtois.
The 2: 1 goal practically “killed” this tie. Almost all Spanish media agree that Varane’s mistakes were crucial for the fate of the meeting. – Varane pronounced the verdict on Real – writes his coverage of the match online edition of the daily “Marc”. – Varane opened the door to Manchester – we read in the text opening another Madrid website as.com. – Frenchman’s nightmare night – writes in turn “En Confidencial”. The covers of Saturday’s newspapers will certainly look similar.
Varane: That’s my defeat
After the match, Varane gave a short interview to Movistar, in which he took the blame for the loss: – This is my failure and I have to accept it. We were well prepared for this match, but these mistakes cost us a lot. I am sad for my colleagues and their efforts. I have to show my character now and come back better, stronger, now I’m focused on that. It will be a difficult night. I love to compete and today we lost and I failed.
Real was eliminated for the second time in a row in the 1/8 finals of the Champions League. Last year, Madrid, in the same phase of the tournament, succumbed to the revelation of the previous edition of LM Ajaaks Amsterdam. After all, the team from the capital will not include the last season as unsuccessful. After a three-year break, Real regained the national championship, and in January also won the Spanish Super Cup.