Real Madrid center-back, Raphaël Xavier Varane, said his team need many leaders on the football field to be able to over take Manchester City for a Champions League quarter-final place in the absence of captain fantastic Sergio Ramos García.
In the first leg of the Champions League round of 16 that took place at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, Ramos was sent off by Italian referee Daniele Orsato in the 86 minute where 75615 spectators was in attendance.
Isco scored in the 60 minute to put the Los Blancos in front but goals from Gabriel Jesus and Kelvin De Bruyne in the 78 and 83 minutes respectively ensure that the Citizens take a 2-1 lead into the last-16 second-leg tie at Etihad Stadium today (August 6).
Madrid is to travel to the Etihad Stadium today to face Manchester City in the second leg of Champions League and the France international Varane has this to say.
“I think Sergio is a very important player for us, but we know that we are a group where we all have our role”.
“For example, I always help my team-mates, it is my way of playing and I like to cover others. In the locker room I talk a lot with my team-mates about the tactic, that will never change.
“To win the Champions League we have to be a strong group, with many leaders, we know the importance of Sergio, but we all have to play a great game to qualify.”
Madrid heads into the second leg as 2019-20 La Liga Champions with an 11-game unbeaten streak since losing to Real Betis in March.
“I think we are doing well, we have made a very good streak to win La Liga, we are all doing very well physically,” Varane added.
“It has been a different preparation and a little strange, comparing it with what we are used to. We have had many days to prepare this final, we have done it as always with a lot of concentration, working on all aspects of our game trying to improve all the time.
“We arrived with confidence for the latest results and with more rest compared to if it had been played in March. I hope we are well prepared to win tomorrow.”
August 6 2020
Juventus vs Lyon – 8pm
Manchester City vs Real Madrid – 8pm
Barcelona vs SSC Napoli – 8pm
Bayern Munich vs Chelsea – 8pm
Reporter: Baatee Barinaa-iyalo