Los Blancos are going to Etihad Stadium with a 2-1 deficit from the first leg, but the Frenchman insists that the Spanish champions are not worried.

According to Varane, Real Madrid have a lot of experience in major games

Raphael Varane is optimistic that experience will be a factor in Real Madrid’s favor when they host Manchester City in their Champions League last final 16-second leg next week. Los Blancos are going to Etihad Stadium with a 2-1 deficit from the first leg, but the Frenchman insists that the Spanish champions are not worried. “Real Madrid have a lot of experience in these major games so we can easily rest,” Varane told UEFA’s official website. “We are as determined as before, winning is always our goal, and that is in the DNA of this club. We always enter these games with a hunger for victory and determination. Zinedine Zidane’s influence at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu is not something to be overlooked and something that is also recognized in the dressing room.

“Zidane conveys confidence and calmness,” – added the defender. “It’s important because it means that he supports me and gives me advice”. He pushed me to take risks and play higher to help the team play in a more aggressive style”. Varane and Zidane’s countryman Karim Benzema has been in great shape so far this season, but it came as no surprise to the defender. Everyone knows his quality. “Benzema has a lot of confidence, and he is one of the best. He is our leader in the attack, and he gives us a lot more than just scoring goals. He combines experience, quality, and physicality. Karim is a complete No.9.”