Sergio Ramos will miss Real Madrid‘s Champions League last-16 second leg against Manchester City due to suspension, an absence that Raphael Varane believes is going to be felt.
However, the Frenchman pointed to the fact that Los Blancos will need many players to step up if they are to knock out the Sky Blues, who have a 2-1 advantage from the first leg.
“Ramos is a very important player,” Varane said.
“I talk a lot with my teammates and my way of playing will not change.
“We need many leaders, and this will not change.
“We know the importance of Sergio in this group and we are all going to have to have a great game.”
Real Madrid were crowned LaLiga Santander champions in July and Varanebelieves that the team are confident ahead of their match at the Etihad Stadium on Friday, August 7.
“I think we are doing well,” he added.
“We have had a good run to win the league and we have worked very well.
“It has been a little different preparation, [as] we have had more time to prepare and we have done it as always with a lot of concentration.
“We always do it to improve what we can.
“We arrive with confidence from the last few results and with more rest, but the reality is like that.”
The 27-year-old went on to stress that him and his teammates believe that they have a chance to knock out the Sky Blues.
“We know it will be a difficult game and we are going to have to attack,” Varane noted.
“We always believe and we have a challenge and we always like to fight against the best.
“We have to score, and that is not easy against a very good opponent, but we believe in our chances.
“We have people up front who can score, and we trust everyone.
“Also, the substitutes can make a difference in these games.
“We have to score when we have the chance to do so.”