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Varane: Without Ramos, Real Madrid need many leaders

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Overhauling a strong side like Manchester City will require robust efforts from the team as a whole, suggests Raphael Varane.

Real Madrid will be without captain Sergio Ramos when they take to the pitch to face Manchester City later tonight in the Champions League Last 16 second-leg.

Ramos was given marching orders for a foul on Gabriel Jesus in the first leg at Santiago Bernabeu back in February.

Apart from being the core of the defense, the 34-year old is also a threat going forward, having scored 13 goals across all competitions this season. And his absence could be fatal for Real Madrid.

Acknowledging the importance of his captain, Raphael Varane has called on his team to step up in his absence.

“We know we all have to have a good game to go through and that doesn’t change, even without Sergio. Sergio is very important for us, but we’re a group and we all have a role,” Varane told in a press conference, via Managing Madrid.

“I always try to help my teammates. I speak tactically with my teammates and that’s not going to change. To win a Champions League you need a strong group with many leaders.

“We’re playing a tough team who play well. We’ll fight to the end.”