Varane: "We arrive with confidence, we have to attack and be effective"

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NEWS | 08/06/2020

"These games have to be played with great intensity and concentration," said the defender.

Raphaël Varane responded to questions from the media at the telematics press conference held at Manchester City's stadium. The center-back analyzed the match against the English team: “I have experience in this competition. We know how difficult it is to win it. We are facing a good opponent who plays football well, attacks very well and we have to be offensive and attack. We know that in these games the most important thing is the details, being effective in both areas, that makes the difference in these games, where you have to have a lot of intensity and concentration.

"We know that to win the Champions we need a strong group with many leaders and this is not going to change. We know the importance of Sergio and we all have to play a great game to qualify and fight until the end. This does not change ”.

Team moment

"We are fine. We have had a very good streak to win the League. We all work very well physically. It has been a different preparation than what we are used to and we have had time to prepare it as the finals are prepared. As always, with great concentration, we have worked on all aspects of our game, we always do it to improve what we can. We arrived with confidence due to the latest results and more rest compared to if it had been played in March. We hope to be prepared to win ”.

Sergio Ramos

“He is a very important player for us, but we know that we are a group, where we all have our role. I always help my teammates, it is my way of playing, I like to cover others. In the dressing room I talk a lot with my teammates on a tactical level ”.


“It is always difficult to make comparisons. We are delighted with Karim. He has had an exceptional season. We know the quality it has and what it brings. I think he knows the quality that he has and that he has all our confidence and this is what matters. I don't like comparisons, but the important thing is that Karim has the support of the whole team, the coach and the fans. He's in a great moment and he's going to be important in a match like tomorrow's.

A Champions match

“We know that it is a difficult game against a team that attacks very well and has a lot of speed up front. He plays football very well. We have a challenge, we always like to fight against the best and a competition like the Champions it is an opportunity to do so. We have to score and win with an advantage and that is not easy against a very good opponent. We always believe in our possibilities and we fight to the end. It is our way of being, so we face the matches with enthusiasm and wanting to do things well ”.


“Throughout the season it has been seen that the team has consolidated. We have become more confident little by little and we have improved in all aspects. We have defended very well. When the team concedes few goals it is because the forwards and the midfielders also help the defense. A supportive team has been seen, that has been key to winning the League and we have improved a lot in all these aspects. With confidence things have turned out better ”.


“We are aware of our qualities. We know that we are facing a very good team and we are going to give everything to qualify. That is the important thing. We are focused on that and on taking care of the details that can make a difference. It is our way of seeing the game and it is what matters. Later we will see what happens, but we go with our attitude, with the desire to win and do things well ”.

The best Varane

“Hopefully the best is ahead. I always want to improve. I want to progress and work on what I can improve in my game. I hope it can be at a higher level still. I work every day to go this way. I am more mature and the experience of these years makes me better. I always want to work to keep improving and that the best Varane be it in the future ”.

Is there a goal missing?

"Not. I think that for tomorrow's game it is clear that we have to attack and score, but we also have to have balance against a team that attacks very well. In our team the goal can come from many players. We have players with different and complementary qualities. We trust all the players and there are also the changes, which can make a difference in these games. We have a large squad and we have to be effective and score when we have the opportunity to do so ”.

Empty field

“The empty stadium is a different context for the two teams. It is true that we play in their field, but the Champions It is a competition of emotions and whether the fans are with you or against you always gives something more. There are no advantages to these things. You have to adapt to the context, which is different from what we are used to ”.

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