‘Madrid obligation to win’

Raphael Varane warns injuries are no excuse for Real Madrid as there is an ‘obligation’ to beat Paris Saint-Germain.

The sides meet in the French capital and France international Varane appeared before the media to preview the game, and took issue with Laurent Blanc’s description of Los Blancos as ‘defensive but efficient.’

“Everyone has their opinions. What interests me is to talk about the game,” the centre-back said, AS reports.

“Madrid’s goal is to fight for the trophy. Unfortunately we have important absences but our obligation is to win the game. The absences won’t change the plan.

“Both teams want to have the ball. Madrid have scored a lot of goals and created a lot of chances.

“I wish everyone was available but it doesn’t change our philosophy.

“The goal is to reach the next round and if we’re first, then that’s even better. Our goal is to win, as always. We want the ball and to hurt the opponent, with individual quality, but also the collective game.

“The important thing is who will control the match.

“We come here to create danger and win, despite the potential of the rival. The match will be decided by details and the winner will be the one who makes the fewest mistakes.

“PSG have evolved a lot. They can be among the big European teams. They have players with quality and experience. They want to show they’re a great team. It’ll be a great game.”

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