Accustomed to success in the Champions League with Real Madrid, Raphaël Varane gave an interview to the UEFA website, before the shock against the Reds.
Accustomed to success in the Champions League with Real Madrid, Raphaël Varane gave an interview to the UEFA website. In it, the French defender evokes the quarter-final first leg against Liverpool on Tuesday night and the pressure that accompanies major European meetings. Not without a certain relaxation.
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“For me, pressure is a friend, a motor. I think pressure makes you better. It allows you to have adrenaline, to think faster, to be more focused and to live the game more intensely. pressure that scares must motivate. When you are afraid, you run faster “, explains the determined former RC Lens player.
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Renowned for his composure, Raphaël Varane is thus made. “I would say it’s natural and innate, and then it develops depending on what you go through. In my case, it was the challenges with my big brother, to bring me up to his level and improve myself. I cried when I didn’t reach my goals. I have this pressure inside me that pushes me to win and to surpass myself since I was little, and it will follow me all my life “, adds the Madrilenian, competitive for long seasons and not the type to give in to emotions.
“My playstyle doesn’t immediately make you think of a warrior, yet I think I have a warrior’s mind. I like challenges. The harder it is, the more I like it. The less people believe in me, The more motivates me. It’s my way of being and of thinking. It’s what allowed me to reach the highest level and to stay there for all these years. “
However, this implies a permanent questioning. A season is long, and there are many opportunities to give up. “The very high level is a permanent challenge. It is pushing your limits, being always more focused, more efficient. It is difficult to last at the high level because it requires a lot of effort. There are ups and downs. and lows. But, when you have highs – and it has happened to me every time – you have to have a little thought for the difficult times, whether during childhood, to reach the highest level, or even precisely at the highest level “, tells the tricolor. Tuesday evening, it will still be necessary to respond to the offensive armada of the Reds.