Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane was in no mood for excuses after Los Blancos 2-1 Champions League last 16 second leg defeat at Manchester City.
Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus secured a 4-2 aggregate victory for Pep Guardiola’s side, however, it was Varane who was at fault for both goals.
The French international lost possession to Jesus inside his own area on eight minutes, with the Brazilian squaring for Sterling to tap home.
👉@raphaelvarane: "I want to step up. This defeat is my fault, all mine. I have to accept that. I am sorry for my teammates and all the effort they put in." #HalaMadrid | #RMUCL pic.twitter.com/STZuCH1xH1
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That mistake dented Varane’s trademarke calmness, as his poor second half headed clearance allowed Jesus to race clear and fire the winner past Thibaut Courtois.
“I wanted to show my face. I got it wrong, this is on me, and we are out,” he told a post-match interview with El Chringuito.
“I am sorry for my teammates. I am sad that we are out. This has not happened many times in my career.
Raphael Varane on Real Madrid's defeat against Man City: "I want to show my face as this defeat is mine. I take my responsibility. I cannot explain the mistakes, it can happen in football, a difficult night for me.” pic.twitter.com/nuMQDafM9i
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“Now we must show character, because it has been a hard night.”
Real Madrid exit the Champions League at the last 16 stage for the first time under Zidane, with the French boss losing his first ever Champions League knockout games home and away against City.