Varane horror show at Man City won't stain the legacy he has at Real Madrid - Rodrygo
The Premier League outfit benefitted from an uncharacteristically poor display from Varane in the heart of the Blancos defence, as his mistakes led to Raheem Sterling's opener and Gabriel Jesus' second-half winner in Manchester.
Less than 10minutes into the contestthe Frenchman was caught in possession by Jesus in his own penalty area, and the Brazilian laid the ball on a platefor Sterling to notch his 31st goal of the season.
Karim Benzema nodded home a delightful Rodrygo cross to ensure that the two teams went in level at half-time, but City took control after the intervalas Madrid struggled to cope with their high press.
The home side'ssecond goal came when Varane failed to deal with Rodri's speculative looped pass, with Jesus nipping in to score after the Frenchman sold Thibaut Courtois short with a weak headed back-pass.
The World Cup winner accepted the blame for the final result post-match, telling reporters: "I am responsible for this defeat. We had prepared well but you pay for your mistakes. I am sad for my team-mates."
However, Rodrygo does not believe that one sub-par performance should take away from his team-mate'sachievements at the Bernabeu over the past nine years.
"It's something that happens sometimes,"the Braziliansaid after the game. "It's a pity, but he's a great player and I don't think this is going to stain the legacy he has atReal Madrid."
Rodrygo added on the heartbreak of Madrid's early Champions League exit:"I feel sad, but we fought until the end.
"It was hard for us to score because they're a great team. They are very strong here at home."
Despite being knocked out of Europe in the first knockout stage for a second successive year, Zinedine Zidane's side can still take solace from a successful 2019-20 domestic season, which ended with a first La Liga title triumph since 2017.
Source : goal.com
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