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Varane reveals despondency over CL-costing Man City catastrophe

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Raphael Varane continues to be haunted by his blunders which resulted in Real Madrid getting knocked out of Europe last season.

With the hopes of turning the tie around and proceeding further into the competition, Real Madrid paid visit to Manchester City to play the delayed second leg of the Champions League Last 16 in August.

The visitors had suffered a 2-1 defeat in the reverse leg and they were without their skipper and the heart of their defense Sergio Ramos.

Despite the obvious shortcomings, the Madridistas were fairly optimistic. Two major factors that fueled their positive belief was the fact that the team were high in morale after having just clinched the La Liga title and their pedigree in the competition.

The presence of a world-cup winning defender in the team, Raphael Varane, also dampened the fans’ distress over the absence of Ramos.

However, it turned out to be a cruel night as Zinedine Zidane’s men suffered the same fate they had back at home. And to make matters worse, it was Varane who was at fault for both the goals.

The center-back got easily bullied by Gabriel Jesus for the first goal before making a mess of a header to allow Raheem Sterling to add another.

The Frenchman immediately accepted responsibility after the match, but in a recent interview, he suggests the incident at the Etihad will continue to torment him.

Varane 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.

“At the highest level, we don’t have time to think about it, we have to think about the next game. The days that followed were a bit difficult, I admit, but at the top level, you have to look ahead quickly.”