Madrid (AP) - After record winners Real Madrid dropped out early in the Champions League round of 16, Raphaël Varane and coach Zinedine Zidane are under criticism.
The Spanish media went hard into court, especially with the 27-year-old central defender, who blatantly blundered in front of both goals in the 1: 2 (1: 1) against Manchester City. "Varane raised the hara-kiri sword," headlined the newspaper "El Mundo". Real had already lost the first leg 2-1 before the forced Corona break and thus missed the quarter-finals.
Varane took the blame for the defeat and apologized to fans and teammates. "I want to take responsibility, because this defeat is mine, and I have to accept it," said the 2018 world champion. "Errors at this level are paid dearly, and I have no explanation for these errors."
“Two presents - and off you go!” Was the headline of the Madrid specialist newspaper “Marca”, while on page one of the competition paper “AS” it read: “Lost”. In Catalonia, the home of Real's arch-rivals FC Barcelona, the sports newspaper "Mundo Deportivo" enjoyed the bankruptcy of the capital city with the headline: "Reales Ko"
Coach Zidane was also sharply criticized by the Spanish media. "Zizou" was never a strategy genius, that is known, it was said in a TV talk show after the bankruptcy. The fact that he had done practically nothing from the bank in Manchester to bring about a turnaround was “unforgivable”.
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