‘It will not remain a very good memory in my career… the days that followed were difficult’: Raphael Varane reflects on his horror display at Man City after his costly mistakes dumped Real Madrid out of the Champions League
- Real Madrid were knocked out at the last-16 stage of the Champions League
- The Spanish giants were beaten 2-1 at the Etihad, losing 4-2 overall to Man City
- Raphael Varane produced a horror display in the heart of the Madrid defence
- The French centre back was at fault for both of City’s goals at the Etihad
Raphael Varane has admitted he struggled to get over his horror display away at Manchester City in the Champions League.
Real Madrid were sent crashing out of the Champions League at the last-16 stage after losing 2-1 at the Etihad to Manchester City, going down 4-2 on aggregate.
And Varane endured an evening to forget in Manchester – with Gabriel Jesus robbing him of the ball for City’s opener before nodding a header straight into the path of the Brazilian for the home side’s second goal.
Raphael Varane produced a horror display away at Manchester City in the Champions League
And the French centre back has since admitted the days that followed Madrid’s European exit were difficult for him.
The 27-year-old told beIN Sports: ‘Yes, for sure that will not remain a very good memory in my career. It was a difficult game for me, this elimination.
‘Immediately after the match I wanted to take responsibility, I made some mistakes, it cost us the victory.
‘You had to digest and watch what is happening ahead, and think about what is happening. At the highest level, we don’t have time to think about it, we have to think about the next game.
Varane heads the ball straight into the path of Gabriel Jesus for City’s second goal at the Etihad
‘The days that followed were a bit difficult, I admit, but at the top level, you have to look ahead quickly.’
Varane’s mistakes cost Madrid a place in Lisbon, where the remaining eight teams battled it out in a straight knockout format for Champions League glory.
Pep Guardiola’s Premier League side were eventually stunned 3-1 by Ligue 1 outfit Lyon in the semi-finals.
The Real Madrid centre back has since admitted difficult days followed after his performance
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