Raphael Varane Quotes

  1. We do a team sport. Individually, you’re worthless!
  2. If I know where I want to play before I receive the ball, it’s easier. It’s more fluid.
  3. What’s for sure is that the profile of the central defender is evolving. At one time it was all about the stopper and the libero. Today, central defenders have to be more complete.
  4. When there’s a need for someone to speak, I’m there. When there’s tough times, I’m there.
  5. I’m quite shy and quite reserved. But when things start heating up, I don’t hesitate to show my character, whether that’s in good moments, like when we won the World Cup, or more difficult moments.
  6. When you don’t believe in me, I don’t say anything but it titillates me.
  7. In terms of pressure, El Clasico is unique, but also a match against PSG is a stimulating and exciting clash.
  8. One player who gives me a lot of advice at Real is Pepe. He’s taught me never to give up. He always gives 100 per cent on the pitch and he tries to instil that winning mentality in me.
  9. I have known Eliaquim Mangala for quite some time and we understand each other well.
  10. I think I felt ready and I really wanted to go to Real Madrid. Some are ready and others aren’t. I thought about it carefully and I made the right decision.
  11. In my position you talk about a mature player being around 28 and it is normal that you improve.
  12. In every training session, I learn.
  13. I have memories of watching the Champions League as a kid in France. We all supported different teams and they were intense moments. Great memories.
  14. I am very happy at Real Madrid.
  15. When you’re young you want to show what you can do, but sometimes you have to learn not to over-complicate things.
  16. I had a special relationship with Mourinho.
  17. Being a defender of Real Madrid means being able to make very few mistakes.
  18. All the teams that win a big trophy, it is thanks to the collective, when each one takes pleasure to share with the others. This is how it works.
  19. We’re not going to win 5-0 every game.
  20. It takes a great strength of character to arrive at Real at 18 years and make a journey like I have so far.
  21. I love challenges.
  22. Winning the Champions League is the dream.
  23. It would be wonderful to spend my whole career at Madrid. But my early days taught me to enjoy every moment because everything can change very quickly – I saw that with Euro 2016.
  24. Just imagine, I was doing exams and signing autographs for other students. It was surreal. I’m really proud that I passed.
  25. I feel more comfortable with fast players because I try to control the depth. For my qualities, it’s what I prefer.
  26. I am not one to discuss my future publicly.
  27. Pogba is a good player, I know him very well. For any team he would be fantastic.
  28. To experience a Euros in France is hugely motivating.
  29. Kylian keeps learning and going forward, which he does very quickly. It’s good that he is ambitious. He is self-confident, it’s good. He always wants more.
  30. I am super nice, I am great, even in the dressing room. I am also quite shy. But when there are difficult times or when you have to show your character, you can count on me. The players who have known me for a while know this.
  31. Being able to get some games under my belt and feeling the confidence of the gaffer is something very important to me. That way I feel good on the pitch.
  32. Depending on the day’s training intensity, we stretch, work on mobility, everything to prepare myself well. Later, we train, and depending on the day we do more physical work, more technical or more tactical. The duration also varies between 45 minutes and an hour and a half.
  33. Having played an international competition is definitely a plus.
  34. Unfortunately, injuries are part of the game and you have to adapt, keep faith, trust and never give up.
  35. The thing with Mourinho is he asks you to do what you are good at, but not to over-do it.
  36. I have my style of play and people can criticise me for that which is not a problem.
  37. I was inspired by players like Pepe or Sergio Ramos because they are defenders and by someone like Cristiano Ronaldo, who is an example for any footballer.
  38. I try to give the squad my peace of mind, my experience of big competitions and to be myself.
  39. The most important thing to me is time spent on the pitch.
  40. Don’t call me an intellectual. After all, there are a lot more people taking their A-levels each summer than signing for Real Madrid. I was just a good and serious student.
  41. I remember that in 2017, when we won everything, we started the pre-season badly, with defeats.
  42. Yes, I do like the Premier League.
  43. People have wanted me to change and it annoys me. Do we ask Ramos to be someone else? We take him as he is; take me as I am.
  44. I see football as a team sport, I’m not looking for the spotlight.
  45. You have to be humble and learn from the players around you.
  46. Our objective is to win – always to win.
  47. Basically, I played football to share with others, to excel together, to achieve a goal. After, we all have our ego, our pride and our personality. But all alone, in football, it does not work.
  48. Mourinho kept his word. In the two years I played for him he always kept his word, and he also knew when to throw me in at the right time.
  49. Sergio Ramos has a winning mentality and has great experience.
  50. Things come naturally in a career. From experience, I know that things progress season by season.
  51. PSG were interested in signing me, but we never entered negotiations.
  52. You have to play differently. I try to be more complete to annoy any striker.
  53. Zidane’s success comes from transmitting calm and never changing that no matter what is happening. That serenity and tranquility conveys confidence and security. He talks little but when he does, it matters.
  54. You cannot have the career I’m having, staying at Real Madrid for seven years, without character.
  55. I watch a lot of players in my position, but if I had to name a role model, I’d say Lillian Thuram because of the way he carried himself on the pitch and everything he did in his career.
  56. I am thrilled to become part of the HyperX family and to join this amazing group of talented ambassadors.
  57. I try to improve and learn, that is good for my career.
  58. It’s the desire to keep winning. Each season the counters are reset to zero. You’ve either got a title to defend or one to go and win. We want to keep making our honours list longer.
  59. Everybody knows that there are quality players at centre back for Madrid and for me that’s the day-to-day challenge. That’s why it’s important to be ready to take advantage of every chance that comes up.
  60. I try to transmit calmness and motivation to my team-mates.
  61. Kylian is very important for France. We count on him very much.
  62. It would be against my nature if I shouted or banged the walls.
  63. You can be a huge player, if you play alone, the team loses.
  64. I just play to my strengths and my ability.
  65. Every season is a challenge and now I am a more complete player. I have learned at the highest level.
  66. I’m obsessed with making progress.
  67. First, you arrive at training, prepare for the session, I get treatment from the physios and go straight to the gym to activate the body.
  68. I know the players with whom I play well.
  69. It’s impressive to be compared with Hierro.
  70. It takes a great strength of character to arrive at Real at eighteen years and make a journey like I have so far.
  71. It was the craziest period of my life: I was getting ready for the baccalaureate, the phone was ringing off the hook, I visited the Real facilities, I met Alex Ferguson.
  72. It’s not a fault in football to be ambitious, far from it.
  73. At 20 years old I’m eager to play and to watch from the sidelines isn’t easy.
  74. It’s hard to criticise Ronaldo. When we come back from an away game at 4 A.M., he is one of the players that goes straight to the training complex to jump in cold water to accelerate the speed of his recovery. He is an example to follow.
  75. I consider myself to be from Madrid because I arrived very young, but I do not forget my years in Lens – of which I am also proud.
  76. I want to continue to be a first-team regular here at Madrid. That is my long-term goal.
  77. Mourinho doesn’t need to give long speeches. He’s direct and to the point.
  78. With Ancelotti I played less, but he did extraordinary things at Real and this is what counts.
  79. To play for Madrid for 10 years and also being the number nine you have to be very good and have a huge mental strength.
  80. Playing with France is the challenge of playing with one of the national teams with the greatest football histories.
  81. When you are at Real, it’s a challenge every day. I’m like that, I need these high goals to keep moving forward.
  82. Zidane has tried to get me to improve. Anticipating, reading the play, putting myself in the defensive balance, I know how to do all this. So he expects the same finesse in an attacking sense.
  83. Interest from Bayern or Man Utd? It is greatly flattering to hear those names, and I even ask myself if that is really about me.
  84. Ronaldo is a bon vivant, he is friendly, he always has something to help you progress. He wants to be the best around. It infuriates him when he loses, he cannot stand it. It’s true that sometimes, in the dressing room, it’s fun to lose just to make him mad!
  85. I am a shy, quiet and cool guy in life. And I am no different on the pitch.
  86. During my second year at Madrid, Jose Mourinho gave me a kick up the backside. I wasn’t doing well, I wasn’t managing to do what he wanted me to out on the pitch. So he chided me, saying: ‘Why don’t you run in training?’ My first reaction was to mutter, ‘Oh come on… ‘ But I knew he was right, I had more to give.
  87. You will rarely see a defender in front of the opponent’s goal.
  88. I trust my team-mates.
  89. There are some things you gain with experience, but age isn’t important to me.
  90. During a career there are some steps we need to take growing up, that’s natural.
  91. What is important is to communicate a lot. That’s how we manage to create a good understanding.
  92. When they are stronger I try to pass in front, that I cannot play. Like Lukaku, for example. He is the strongest forward in the world. He is pure power.
  93. In Madrid there is a lot of competition.
  94. I understand that you always want to improve.
  95. I hope to meet expectations. To achieve this, I need to keep working hard and hopefully things will go my way.
  96. Since I was seven years old, they say ‘he’s nice, he’s nice.’ Yes, I’m nice, but that’s not all I am.
  97. I’m proud to represent my country.
  98. A good run is always good. It helps us to wear the colours of the France team.
  99. Having the ball means creating chances and scoring goals.
  100. I’ve been playing more regularly in 2015 because of injuries but also because of technical decisions.

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