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Paul Pogba is back in the squad for the French national team after an absence of more than a year. Didier Deschamps also called up Clément Lenglet, Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane and Eduardo Camavinga amongst others.
French defender Raphael Varane insisted on facing up to his two mistakes that helped Manchester City knock his Real Madrid side out of the Champions League on Friday and admitted: "This is on me. I failed."
Manchester City took advantage of two shocking mistakes by Raphael Varane to beat Real Madrid 2-1 in their Champions League last 16 second leg on Friday and advance to the quarter-finals as Pep Guardiola came out on top in his duel with Zinedine Zidane.
The Frenchman lost the ball after Real Madrid were obsessed with playing the ball out from the back. Gabriel Jesus recovered it and gifted the goal to Raheem Sterling to put it in the empty net.
Raphael Varane, the Real Madrid defender, spoke to UEFA ahead of the Champions League clash with Man City. He said it would be a tough game, but says they are confident after having won La Liga and with the experience of having won big games in Europe. That makes them more relaxed.
Eden Hazard and Raphael Varane will not play away to Athletic Bilbao. Real Madrid are without two important players for one of their trickiest away games left.
On 27th June 2011, Raphael Varane was presented at the Santiago Bernabeu as a Real Madrid player. Now, after nine years, the French World Cup winner has played 313 competitive games for the club as well as winning 17 titles.
The Frenchman chatted with the club's media about Los Blancos' step forward in training and confessed that they are very eager to play again and try to win everything.
The central defender has 17 titles to his name and is only six titles away from Paco Gento, the most successful in the history of Real Madrid with 23.
Years later, Bayern Munich admitted they made a big error. They had the chance to buy the ex-Lens man back in the day, but they turned him down because they thought five million was too expenive. Willy Sagnol, the scout who saw him, was tearing his hair out.