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A-man

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Had several good clearances but in the end he cost us a goal.
 

Sylar

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It for sure took at least one deflection. Would need to see a replay again though to see the relative positions and why Varane was behind the man who ended up scoring.
 

Bubz27

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Don´t think it did (it was passed through Shaw´s legs directly into the box), but it doesn´t matter much. When you are marking someone in the box, you need to get in front of your man. Looked like he fell asleep for a second.
It definitely took a deflection which changed the direction. Of course you get in front of your man but can't account for deflections like that.
 

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Wouldn't have said he made a mistake for the goal at all. Huge deflection off Shaw then their man throws a foot at it and it goes in. Sometimes you can concede a goal like that and there is no-one really at fault.
 

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It for sure took at least one deflection. Would need to see a replay again though to see the relative positions and why Varane was behind the man who ended up scoring.
I did. Varane is on the wrong side of his man.
I think he is the kind of relaxed defender who waits until the right moment to step in front and make a tackle or block, and the deflection caught him off guard.
 

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It definitely took a deflection which changed the direction. Of course you get in front of your man but can't account for deflections like that.
Still, when you get a ball into the box like that, and there is duel in front of you, you much expect the ball the end up anywhere. He will not be happy with himself in that situation.
 

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Thought overall he was pretty good when he came on. Perhaps could have done better for their goal but I'd find it hard to blame him seeing as it took a hefty deflection.
 

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As a lifelong Madrid fan, I've been watching Rapha since he was a boy just arrived from Lens.
His first season was already his breaktrough. What a defender he could be, I used to think, with all these physical capabilities and passing...
The honeymoon lasted until circa 2018. Then the decadence started.

I'll just say you are not in for a treat with this guy. He never grew the balls a proper leading central defender needs, and he tends to perform even worse after making mistakes.

I'm sure he is an improvement over Lindelof, but his lack of tenacity matches the Swede's
 

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As a lifelong Madrid fan, I've been watching Rapha since he was a boy just arrived from Lens.
His first season was already his breaktrough. What a defender he could be, I used to think, with all these physical capabilities and passing...
The honeymoon lasted until circa 2018. Then the decadence started.

I'll just say you are not in for a treat with this guy. He never grew the balls a proper leading central defender needs, and he tends to perform even worse after making mistakes.

I'm sure he is an improvement over Lindelof, but his lack of tenacity matches the Swede's
For gods sake
 

Bubz27

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I just reviewed a load of old Madrid posts about him and his biggest criticism is that he was the least physical out of his colleagues at real Madrid
Next to Ramos and behind Casemiro. How physical did he need to be?

It's obvious that isn't his greatest asset but it's not one we need either. McTominay, Bissaka, Maguire and Shaw are all physical. Also, Varane has already shown he isn't going to be pushed around easily in this league.

What we need is his assuredness, his calm, his pace and his winning attitude. All of which he's starting to show already.
 

spiriticon

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Varane seems to win quite a fair few key headers for us so I think he's sufficiently physical.

He came into a 10-man team on Tuesday and actually all three defenders (Maguire, Varane and Lindelof) did really well in the face of a constant onslaught and deserved a point for their performance. Then of course Lingard had to go feck everything up, the prick.
 

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As a lifelong Madrid fan, I've been watching Rapha since he was a boy just arrived from Lens.
His first season was already his breaktrough. What a defender he could be, I used to think, with all these physical capabilities and passing...
The honeymoon lasted until circa 2018. Then the decadence started.

I'll just say you are not in for a treat with this guy. He never grew the balls a proper leading central defender needs, and he tends to perform even worse after making mistakes.

I'm sure he is an improvement over Lindelof, but his lack of tenacity matches the Swede's
This got a like? Lord, give me strength.
 

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As a lifelong Madrid fan, I've been watching Rapha since he was a boy just arrived from Lens.
His first season was already his breaktrough. What a defender he could be, I used to think, with all these physical capabilities and passing...
The honeymoon lasted until circa 2018. Then the decadence started.

I'll just say you are not in for a treat with this guy. He never grew the balls a proper leading central defender needs, and he tends to perform even worse after making mistakes.

I'm sure he is an improvement over Lindelof, but his lack of tenacity matches the Swede's
Total utter bobbins. So even if this was true, his so-called "honeymoon" was only a 9 year period in which the club you apparently support won 4 champions league titles on top of several league wins in which he was an important first team starter at centre back, sounds dreadful. What a terrible centre-half we've signed? :nervous:
 

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As a lifelong Madrid fan, I've been watching Rapha since he was a boy just arrived from Lens.
His first season was already his breaktrough. What a defender he could be, I used to think, with all these physical capabilities and passing...
The honeymoon lasted until circa 2018. Then the decadence started.

I'll just say you are not in for a treat with this guy. He never grew the balls a proper leading central defender needs, and he tends to perform even worse after making mistakes.

I'm sure he is an improvement over Lindelof, but his lack of tenacity matches the Swede's
Strange how you won so much (in European only) with such a mediocre CB. I don't think Varane is this Rio incarnate that some want him to he. He's never been at the Vidic-Rio level and never will be. But he's still really good and at the very least as good as Maguire (imo better and has definitely been better this season so far), and miles better than Lindelof. You praise the latter's 'tenacity' when he refuses to defend at every opportunity, that's not tenacity that's conservatism.
 

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As a lifelong Madrid fan, I've been watching Rapha since he was a boy just arrived from Lens.
His first season was already his breaktrough. What a defender he could be, I used to think, with all these physical capabilities and passing...
The honeymoon lasted until circa 2018. Then the decadence started.

I'll just say you are not in for a treat with this guy. He never grew the balls a proper leading central defender needs, and he tends to perform even worse after making mistakes.

I'm sure he is an improvement over Lindelof, but his lack of tenacity matches the Swede's
Forget his time in Real Madrid, just in the few games Varane has played for United, he has shown more "tenacity" than Lindelof has shown in all his games for United put together.
 

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Honeymoon that spanned 8yrs and some 200 games for Real. Some love affair that
 

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As a lifelong Madrid fan, I've been watching Rapha since he was a boy just arrived from Lens.
His first season was already his breaktrough. What a defender he could be, I used to think, with all these physical capabilities and passing...
The honeymoon lasted until circa 2018. Then the decadence started.

I'll just say you are not in for a treat with this guy. He never grew the balls a proper leading central defender needs, and he tends to perform even worse after making mistakes.

I'm sure he is an improvement over Lindelof, but his lack of tenacity matches the Swede's
You Madrid fans booed Ronaldo and Benzema, who are among your best players ever. So, thanks for input but your opinion about players is irelevant
 

Sparky_Hughes

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Varane and Slab-Head are going to form an amazing partnership for us, they will be immense together.
 

tomaldinho1

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Varane and Slab-Head are going to form an amazing partnership for us, they will be immense together.
Vaguire?
VaSlab?
Harane?
Magael?
Slab Francois?

I just looked up Varane's nickname and it's genuinely 'Champions League Varane', what a boss.
 

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As a lifelong Madrid fan, I've been watching Rapha since he was a boy just arrived from Lens.
His first season was already his breaktrough. What a defender he could be, I used to think, with all these physical capabilities and passing...
The honeymoon lasted until circa 2018. Then the decadence started.

I'll just say you are not in for a treat with this guy. He never grew the balls a proper leading central defender needs, and he tends to perform even worse after making mistakes.

I'm sure he is an improvement over Lindelof, but his lack of tenacity matches the Swede's
This has potential to compete with the Jamaican delegation post for it's unbelievability. The use of decadence (when I assume decline was meant) makes it extra funny.
 

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I didn't expect him to be so dominant in the air. Teams aren't beating us via longball with him and Maguire back there. He's a bit rusty with his positioning at the moment but it's early in the season and he's only played 3 games for us.
 

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I didn't expect him to be so dominant in the air. Teams aren't beating us via longball with him and Maguire back there. He's a bit rusty with his positioning at the moment but it's early in the season and he's only played 3 games for us.
I think he is a real class player. Give him a bit of time to work with the other defenders and the midfield, and he’ll be immense.
Cant wait to see his honeymoon.
Oh dear, I’ve phrased this badly.
 

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As a lifelong Madrid fan, I've been watching Rapha since he was a boy just arrived from Lens.
His first season was already his breaktrough. What a defender he could be, I used to think, with all these physical capabilities and passing...
The honeymoon lasted until circa 2018. Then the decadence started.

I'll just say you are not in for a treat with this guy. He never grew the balls a proper leading central defender needs, and he tends to perform even worse after making mistakes.

I'm sure he is an improvement over Lindelof, but his lack of tenacity matches the Swede's
So it wasn't until you stopped winning CL after CL that you decided he was actually not that good. This is such a pathetic wind up lost. Get a life.
 

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As a lifelong Madrid fan, I've been watching Rapha since he was a boy just arrived from Lens.
His first season was already his breaktrough. What a defender he could be, I used to think, with all these physical capabilities and passing...
The honeymoon lasted until circa 2018. Then the decadence started.

I'll just say you are not in for a treat with this guy. He never grew the balls a proper leading central defender needs, and he tends to perform even worse after making mistakes.

I'm sure he is an improvement over Lindelof, but his lack of tenacity matches the Swede's
:lol: Bitter much?

He never grew the balls to be a leader, lacks tenacity but won 3 CLs in a row.

Players who decline generally decline physically and are sharp well into their 30s. If your claim is that he was never enough of a leader, the CL wins are evidence that he is. If your claim is that he lost his leadership somehow after the CLs, that's just bogus. Show me one other player that happened to.