The El Clasico opened up a 14 points gap between Barcelona and Real Madrid but Raphael Varane has warned their opponents ahead of 2018.
Despite winning 5 trophies in 2017, the year ended on a sour note for the Los Blancos as the Spanish giants were thrashed 3-0 by their arch-rivals Barcelona in their own backyards.
The European and Spanish Champions were beaten 3-0 by the Catalan club as their defence let them down in the second half. Right-back Carvajal’s red card and sloppy defending by Zidane’s men allowed Barcelona to score 3 goals. But the Frenchman Raphael Varane had a good game and the defender has insisted that Real Madrid will keep fighting.
“They were more efficient. When we played well we didn’t score and they did, and that was the difference,” Varane told beIN SPORTS.
“The result doesn’t change that 2017 was very good. We will start 2018 in a very complicated way. We are Madrid and we will keep fighting. We will be more united than ever.
“The first half was very good but the start of the second was fatal for us. We eased off and they scored two goals. The red [card] made everything more difficult.
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Below-par 2nd Half:
The Los Blancos were the better team in the first half. But their defensive errors allowed Barca to take control of the game after the break. Madrid defence failed to mark Rakitic and Sergi Roberto’s run which lead to Barcelona’s first goal of the afternoon. Dani Carvajal’s handball in the box led to Messi’s penalty before the Argentine turned provider for Barca’s last goal as the Catalans rounded off 3-0 scoreline in style.
Barcelona leads the league table ahead of Atletico Madrid with 9 points gap. Zidane’s men will enter the 2018 sitting 4th in the table, 14 points behind their rivals.
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Real Madrid is a team which never gives up. They have shown it on numerous occasions in the past. But if this season is any proof of their form, it won’t be easy for them to turn the tables in the league. But they will definitely be more united and come back stronger for the second half of the season. Watch out opponents!
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