Varane apologises after shambolic display condemns Real Madrid to European exit

Varane apologises after shambolic display condemns Real Madrid to European exit

Varane’s blunders proved costly (Picture: Getty Images)

Raphael Varane has opened up on a ‘difficult night’ in which his costly errors condemned Real Madrid to a 2-1 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad.

Pep Guardiola’s side progressed to the quarter-finals of the Champions League after a dominant performance against the Spanish giants.

French World Cup winner Varane lost possession to Gabriel Jesus inside his own penalty area and the Brazilian squared it to Raheem Sterling to make it 1-0 within the first 10 minutes.

Karim Benzema levelled up the scoring with an excellent header just before the half hour mark, giving Zinedine Zidane’s side a foothold in the game.

However, Varane was caught out once again in the second half as his tame header back to Thibaut Courtois was intercepted by Jesus, who put the game to bed with City’s second goal, giving them an unassailable 4-2 aggregate lead.

Speaking after the game, the Madrid defender owned up to his errors.

‘I want to show my face as this defeat is mine,’ he said.

‘I take my responsibility. We had prepared well, but mistakes are paid for at this level, very dearly.

‘I cannot explain the mistakes, it can happen in football, a difficult night for me.’

City have a real shot at European glory (Picture: Getty Images)

Manchester City will face Lyon in the next round after the French side edged past Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus on away goals.

Pep Guardiola admitted that while beating Madrid is a good achievement, he is already focused on their next challenge.

‘It is important, we beat them twice,’ the Spanish boss told BT Sport.

‘Zinedine Zidane never lost knockout games. You see the calm and personality they play with, they are good. We are here to try and win the Champions League. It is one step, if we think that is enough we will show how small we are. If you want to win you have to beat the big clubs.

‘I just spoke with the scouting department (about Lyon) and they told me to be alert. We have eight days to prepare for it. We will enjoy it and then after we will think about Lyon.’

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