Raphael Varane has held a virtual meeting with the media of his country on the occasion of his recent signing as a new image of the Puma brand. In his statements, collected by the French Eurosport portal, the central defender speaks, among other matters, of the rapport he has acquired with Sergio Ramos after a decade together, the inherent spirit of Real Madrid to rise up in the face of adversity and the peculiarities of playing no audience.
The 'resurrection' and the DNA of Madrid.— “They had given us up for dead and we have returned. It is something that is part of this team and this club. There are many things. The coach, the players and the club. It is a way of being and thinking that I assimilated quickly when I signed for the Madrid”.
Three points behind Atlético in the League.— “Everything is still possible. It is a particular season and the dynamics can change quickly. We can chain several good results and everything can work again. We already know that.”
“I don't have much need to communicate with Ramos, we know each other”
Raphael Varane, Real Madrid center-back.
Recovering his best version. “To be at the highest level, resilience is important. When we have more difficult periods, confidence comes and goes. What you have to do is stay focused and be prepared to fight again with one goal: seek to be competitive. Then, the context and the season makes things difficult “
Play without an audience. “I can say that the difference is perceived well. For example, when we score a goal there is usually a reaction from the fans. Now, nothing. You have to go deep inside yourself. It's special. We must encourage each other in the field. That's not always easy. “
Play without Ramos.— “That does not change anything in relation to my performance on the field. I am always there to guide and guide my teammates. I always do it, with or without him. Besides, we have played together for ten years. There is not much need to communicate, we know each other … Complementarity and experience are not a myth. Before the game, we look at each other and it starts. We know how the other moves around the field. No need to think, we know where the other is going to go. “
Self-demand.— “To stay at the highest level you have to fight against yourself to push the limits and always improve. We are talking about Ramos …, but I see players in the dressing room who have been there for years and stay at the highest level because of that desire to love always more”.