After scratchy start to the season, Real Madrid secured the La Liga title with one match to spare. For the whole squad, it had been a very challenging and tiery season. But for Real Madrid, the level of expectations always remains higher – and when the competition is the Champions League, the expectation of winning the title reaches its peak.

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Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City would have the upper hand in the Round of 16 clash, but the kind of form the Los Blancos are in, one cannot them write-off!

Raphael Varane shares the same in an interview published in Le Parisien.

Here are the excerpts:

On the clash against Manchester City

“This is Real Madrid and anything is possible, the hope is always there even if the situation is difficult”.

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“When you wear this shirt, you have a responsibility, we know that a difficult game awaits us but we will approach it with an incredible hunger”.

“It’s a debt we owe to our fans, we can’t predict the result but we will fight to the end”.

On Karim Benzema

“I wouldn’t say it was the best season of his career, but that’s only because I’ve known him for a long time.”

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“I’m glad to see him so radiant and happy, he is at the very top of his game in a difficult position”.

“He has assumed his role as leader of the attack”.

On Zinedine Zidane

“He has that special capacity to make the impossible possible and his career is exceptional”.

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“He is a great source of inspiration for everyone, his soul as a player is always there”.

“He doesn’t need to speak too much, and when he does it is with words that joust with players, that needle them, it’s his way of coaching”.